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Vol. 19 No. 2 
Spring 2006 









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4 MBCNews 
12 MBCSports 
14 MBCArts::FineArts 

Hunt Gallery 
16 MBCArts:: Music 

Standing the Line 
42 Alunnnae/i Gift Shop 
44 Alumnae/i President's Farewell 
46 Reunion 2006 
50 Alumnae/i Class Notes 

61 Alumnae/i in Action 

62 Gifts of the Desert 

18 An Exceptional 

Program Marks 20 
Years of Excellence 

From 11 students to 75,Tuilidge to the 
state-of-the-art PEG Center, DirectorTee 
Garrison to Elizabeth Connell, the Program 
for the Exceptionally Gifted celebrates its 
20th anniversary — still the only program 
of its kind in the nation. 

20 Capstone Festival: 
Celebrating Student 
Learning and 

Mary Baldwin celebrates its first 
Capstone Festival, revisiting a bygone tra- 
dition of sharing knowledge with the col- 
lege community and beyond, before 
students graduate. 

22 Global Citizenship 
Focused in New 
Peace Minor 

Peacemaking and conflict resolution, the 
newest academic minor at Mary Baldwin, 
launches in fall 2006. What impact would 
It have had on Elizabeth May's '06 inde- 
pendent major in Holocaust studies or will 
it have on Burmese student Aye Htut's life 
and academic experience? 

26 Charlotte Jackson 
Berry '51 Defines 
Civic Engagement 

"We didn't use to talk about interna- 
tional volunteerism, but that is the 
imperative today," says Charlotte 
Jackson Berry '51, Mary Baldwin's 
honored Commencement speaker. She 
talked the talk — civic engagement — 
because she walks the walk. 

30 ^Where the search for Learning beckons' 

A line from the Mary Baldwin College Hymn written by Gordon Page 

Mary Baldwin's new cannpus master plan is a compelling vision of the future. 
Imagine how the campus might look, how it might better serve its students ... 
Transforming Our Environment 1842-2042 is begun. 

Jx COVER: Imagining what a new 
i student life core might look 

like located just behind Hunt 
\ Dining Hall, as part of the new 

campus master plan. 

Rendering created by Geier • , 

Brown Renfrew Architects. , 


In Celebration and Remembrance, 



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Governor Tim Kaine's inauguration 
in January marked the first time a 
Virginia governor took the oath of 
office in the Commonwealth's colo- 
nial capitol of Williamsburg since 
Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated in 
1779. It also marked the third invita- 
tion for MBC's Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership (VWIL) to 
perform in a Virginia gubernatorial 
parade. Cadets and non-cadet stu- 
dents in the MBCAAXaL Band 
processed down Duke of Gloucester 
Street in a parade that was televised 
around the state. 

The combined band and corps 
also made its third consecutive 
appearance in the St. Patrick's Day 
Parade in New York City March 17. 
Mar)' Baldwin College students in full 
parade dress commanded attention 
from the moment the^' turned onto 

Fifth Avenue, and held it for more 
than 40 cit>- blocks. VWIL earned its 
way onto the national stage by cap- 
turing second place among all march- 
ing units during its first appearance 
in the NYC parade in 2004. It is not 
yet known where the group placed in 
the 2006 competition. 

The corps paused between its 
annual spring parade and its military 
ball March 25 to honor Air Force 
1st Lt. Sarah Small '02, who died 
while on dut\' in Egypt. As snow 
fell, her parents, VWIL alumnae, 
and military dignitaries joined the 
corps of cadets to dedicate a plaque 
in her name and position it on the 
memorial wall outside the 
SMA/VWIL Museum on campus, 
where Staunton Military Academy 
alumni, faculty, and staff are also 
remembered with plaques. Small is 

the first VWIL graduate to be killed 
in the line of duty. Anita Blair, 
deput)' assistant secretary of the 
Navy, and Robert Goodwin, deputy 
assistant secretary of the Air Force, 
spoke to attendees at the ceremony 
and ball. 

Evidence of the depth of feeling 
for Sarah Small was also clear in a 
poignant memorial service held by 
Mary Baldwin College last October, 
followed by cadets and others 
attending her burial at Arlington 
National Cemetery in December. 
VWIL cadets have also remembered 
Small with a painted rock outside 
the VWIL House on campus. 
Contributions sent to Mary Baldwin 
in her name may be used to estab- 
lish an award scholarship for a 
VWIL senior who is involved in 
community service. A 

Photos above 

Top: VWIL cadets march in the St Patrick's Day Parade in NewYorl< Cit/ March 17. 

Bottom right:VWILcadetshonor Air Force 1st Lt. Sarah Small '02 at the March 25 plaque dedication. 

Award-Winning Writer, Bear Expert, and Noted Scientist Expand Our Minds 

Francine Prose 

Each year, annual lecture series funded by 
generous MBC donors bring lively and 
talented visitors to campus. During 
spring 2006, esteemed guests enriched the 
MBC experience as part of the Elizabeth 
Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting 
Scholar/Artist program, the Mary E. 
Humphreys Biology Lecture Series, and 
the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar 
series, among others. 

Writer Francine Prose and 
Artist/ Activist Claudia Bernardi 

As the 2005-06 Doenges Visiting Artist, 

Francine Prose, author of 14 books of 

fiction including 

Household Saints and A 

Changed Man, gave a 

public reading and 

taught a May Term 

course, Reading Like a 

Writer. Prose, a 

Brooklyn native and 

graduate of Radcliffe 

College, left Harvard graduate school to 

live in India for a year where she began 

to write her first novel, Jiidah the Pious. 

In addition to novels. Prose has 
penned stories, reviews, cultural criti- 
cisms, and essays appearing in such pub- 
lications as The New Yorker, The New 
York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Art News, 
Elle, The Paris Revieiv, Harpers 
Magazine, and The Wall Street journal. 
She is also the author of several children's 
books and three books of translation. 

Prose is the recipient of numerous 
grants and awards, among them 
Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, 
and has taught at Harvard, University of 
Arizona, and University of Utah, among 
others. Her novel Blue Angel was a final- 
ist for the National Book Award and her 
nonfiction work The Lives of the Muses: 
Nine Women and the Artists They 
hispired was a national bestseller. 

Artist Claudia Bernardi is slated to 
be the 2006-07 Elizabeth Kirkpatrick 
Doenges Visiting Artist. Her experiences 

Claudia Bernardi 

exhuming bodies, documenting burial 
sites, and championing social justice and 
human rights in Central 
and South America and 
Africa invariably inform 
her art. Bernardi's paint- 
ings, prints, installations, 
and sculptures are inter- 
nationally known. One 
of her unique media is 
fresco on paper, a method she developed, 
whereby layer after layer of pure pigments 
are applied to wet paper and run repeated- 
ly — sometimes hundreds of times — 
through a printmaker's press. Bernardi will 
be at MBC September 18-22 to visit class- 
es and for a public lecture September 19. 
She will return to campus during May 
Term 2007. 

The Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges 
Visiting Artist/Scholar program was the 
vision of the late MBC alumna and trustee 
Liddy Kirkpatrick Doenges '63. The lec- 
ture series was established in 1996 by her 
friends, family, and classmates to honor 
her memory. 

Bear Biologist Michael Pelton 

Michael Pelton, one of the most respected 
bear biologists in the world, shared his 
research methods and findings from 38 
years of field work — 
and tactile pieces includ- 
ing skulls and fur. 
Among Pelton's most 
important accomplish- 
ments is a 32-year study 
of the black bear — the 
longest continuous study "^'^^^l P^l<°" 
of any bear species in the world. Pelton's 
research projects have also included stud- 
ies of brown bear in Spain, Norway, and 
Russia, and Asiatic black bears in Japan. 
He has studied giant pandas in China in 
a cooperative effort with the Wildlife 
Conservation Society and Memphis Zoo. 

Pelton is professor emeritus of 
wildlife science at University of 
Tennessee, and he has also held faculty 

and adjunct faculty appointments in 
graduate programs for ecology and ethol- 
ogy at the Universities of Arkansas, 
Clemson, and Mississippi State. He has 
co-founded numbers of organizations 
dedicated to the conservation and reha- 
bilitation of bears, such as the 
International Association for Bear 
Research and Management and the Black 
Bear Conservation Committee, among 

The Mary E. Humphreys Biology 
Lecture Series was established in 1992 to 
bring prominent scientists to the campus 
to present public lectures. Sponsoring the 
series are friends and former students of 
Dr. Mary Humphreys, professor emerita 
of biology, who served on the biology fac- 
ulty at MBC for 25 years (1943-1968). 

Sue Rosser's Scientific Glass 
Ceiling for Women 

Beakers. Microscope slides. Test tubes. 

Ceilings. All things that are made of glass 

for women conducting 

scientific research, 

according to Sue Rosser, 

Phi Beta Kappa lecturer. 

Rosser is dean of Ivan 

Allen College of Liberal 

Arts (part of Georgia 

Institute of Technology), Sue Rosser 

and a former faculty member at MBC. 

She discussed the implications of women 

and the glass ceiling in science at the 

annual college lecture. 

Rosser has written several books and 
numerous articles on gender inequality' in 
science education and professions, and 
she received a Women of Distinction 
Award from the Women's Leadership 
Conference in 2004. She is a staunch 
advocate for the feminist perspective in 
science, and her nine books include 
Female-Friendly Science, and, her latest. 
The Science Glass Ceiling: Academic 
Women Scientists and the Struggle to 
Succeed. The lecture is sponsored by the 
campus chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. A 


Gen Ed Revision and QEP Topic Approved 

Mary Baldwin College had not made major 
changes to its General Education require- 
ments in more than 20 years. That changed 
in February, when faculty approved curricu- 
lum revisions. 

The process started nearly four years ago 
with the question: "What are we trying to 
do?" said Jeffrey Buller, vice president for 
academic affairs and dean of the college. The 
understanding was that the curriculum was 
sound and could remain unchanged. 
However, following numerous public ses- 
sions, listserv discussions, and revisions, the 
changes to the general education plan now 
fully complement the college's strategic plan. 

The final discussion was timed to coincide 
with selection of a Quality Enhancement 
Plan topic — as well as better serve students 
in a global context. The alterations will 
apply to students who enter MBC in fall 
2006. To better understand the revision 
process, please refer to chart below. 

At the same meeting, faculty unanimous- 
ly endorsed civic engagement as the focus of 
the college's QEP — shorthand for Quality 
Enhancement Plan. Implementing a success- 
ful QEP is one of the requirements MBC 
must meet to retain its accreditation by the 
Commission on Colleges of the Southern 
Association (SACS), a process which is 

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"We live in a world of increasing com- 
plexity and interconnectedness, and the 
dangers of ignoring that interconnectedness 
are growing rapidly," read the proposal by 
a committee of faculty members, recom- 
mending civic engagement as a top priority. 
Civic engagement synthesizes several of the 
five original topics proposed for the QEP 
earlier in the year, and it is a hot topic at 
many colleges and universities. 

A concise illustration of the varied parts 
of the concept can be given through an 
extended metaphor that uses the hand and 
fingers to represent civic engagement. At the 
most basic level, it symbolizes how our 
hands extend to help others. Through this 
extension, we grow and gain. Bruce Dorries, 
assistant professor of communication, offered 
this explanation to the faculty: 

A Pinky: The weakest digit, representing a 
lack of knowledge of world issues and 
global citizenship. This has been a major 
concern of faculty, not only at Mary 
Baldwin, but around the country. Civic 
engagement can strengthen students' glob- 
al awareness. 

A Ring finger: Convincing students to marry 
a man named "Stan Ton." In other 
words, involvement in the Staunton com- 
munity, including, but not limited to, sup- 
porting local businesses, participating in 
the arts, internships, and volunteerism. 

A IVliddle finger: The subject of social entre- 
preneurship — regarded as taboo in some 
realms of academia — has broad support 
from students because it calls for applied 
use of creative thinking and skills. Around 
the world, social entrepreneurs have used 
the sa-wy and drive of the business world 
to support educational, health, and envi- 
ronmental initiatives. 

A index finger: The pointing image of 

"Uncle Sam wants you," can be used to 
symbolize how faculty, staff, mentors, 
and families can point out to students 
their roles and responsibilities as citi- 
zens in a democracy. Voting is a good 
start, and students will be enriched by 
realizing that they can be activists for 
social change. 

A Thumb: None of the other fingers is of 
much use without an opposable thumb, 
and neither are the other 
components of civic a ^ 

engagement without a ^ 1 ' I 

strong basis in service to * ' ) 

the community. A 


Spring 2006 


Dean Buller and Professor 
Sandra McClain Bid the 
College Farewell 

Jeffrey Buller, vice president for academic 
affairs and dean of the college at Mary 
Baldwin for the past five years, announced 
he will depart from the college at the end of 
the academic year in June 2006 to assume 
another educational leadership position. 
Buller will serve as dean of the Harriet L. 
Wilkes Honors College and professor of his- 
tory at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). 
Buller's wife, Sandra McClain, adjunct asso- 
ciate professor of music, has accepted a 
full-time position as professor of music at 
FAU's main campus in Boca Raton. 

"Dean Buller has been an outstanding 
colleague and friend," said MBC President 
Pamela Fox, telling the college community 
of the dean's departure. "His quick wit and 
keen intelligence inspire us all." 

The husband-and-wife team con- 
tributed much to Mary Baldwin College 
during their tenures. Buller led undergradu- 
ate curriculum reform, initiated a faculty 
salary improvement plan, and co-authored 
the 10-year strategic plan. Composing Our 
Future. He served as a role model with 
continued contributions in the classroom, 
as a publishing scholar, and as an entertain- 
ing speaker who presented at conferences 
around the globe. McClain guided many tal- 
ented voice students and offered her vocal 
flair to the community in performances. 

A search committee recently began the 
task of identifying an interim dean of the col- 
lege and vice president for academic affairs. 

Fulbright Awards Honor 
Recipients, Benefit MBC 

Vladimir Garkov, associate professor of 
chemistry, earned a Fulbright award to con- 
tinue a project he started during a recent 
sabbatical in Spain. He will work to publish a 
chemistry textbook, for use by students at 
MBC and at other institutions, which blends 
the American liberal arts approach to educa- 
tion and the traditional model used in 
Bulgaria. He is working with colleagues at 
Bulgaria's University of Sophia to incorpo- 
rate student-centered inquiry activities into 
lecture-based instruction, and to connect 
chemistry with environmental, societal, cul- 
tural, and humanistic aspects of science. 

Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies, 
earned a Fulbright award that will help Mary 
Baldwin College expand its Asian studies 
curriculum and course offerings to include 
more study of China. Metraux will travel to 
several cities in China this summer with 
scholars from around the United States to 
experience the country's culture and history. 

Best Wishes Go with 
Faculty Moving on 

With appreciation for their work, Mary 
Baldwin College will bid adieu to several fac- 
ulty members at the end of the 2005-06 
academic year: {dates in parentlieses repre- 
sent each person's starting year at MBC} 

Jean Donovan, associate professor of 
political science and health care administra- 
tion (1992), accepted a position as dean of 
the school of nursing and allied health at J. 
Sargeant Reynolds Community College in 

Tom Kaplan, assistant professor of 
business administration (2002), will join 
Bondstone Ventures, a real estate develop- 
ment firm in Charlottesville, m project man- 

Ed Petkus, associate professor of busi- 
ness administration (2002), accepted a posi- 
tion as associate professor of marketing at 
Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah. 

Now After Much Hard Work — 
A Life of Leisure? 

Four staff members were honored for their 
contributions to MBC before retiring this year: 
Dreama Brown, associate budget coordina- 
tor (1977) 

Judy Metraux, director of international pro- 
grams and services (1988) 
Tom Wiseman, mailroom assistant (1987) 

Notable Achievements 

Alice Araujo, associate professor of 
communication, and Andreas Anastasiou, 

assistant professor of psychology, gave a 
presentation at the National Communica- 
tion Association conference in Boston. The 
topic: "Women, men, and the enemy 
other: Gender and the communication of 
empathy toward perceived adversarial 


Darryl Helems, Master of Arts in Teaching 
adjunct, and teaching partner Amanda 
Gibson wrote an article, "Embracing 
Multiple Intelligences Techniques with Gifted 
Students in the Classroom," published in 
Virginia Journal of Education. 

Kenneth W. Keller, professor of history, 
authored an article, "Medicine as Cultural 
Baggage in the Ulster-Scots Settlements of 
the Valley of Virginia," that appeared in 
Familia — Ulster Genealogical Review. The 
magazine is printed in Ireland by the Ulster 
Historical Foundation. 

Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies, 
received the 2006-07 Karl F and Patricia H. 
Menk Award for Faculty Support and 
Development, which he will employ during 
his sabbatical in fall 2006. The award will 
allow him to travel to Japan to conduct 
research for articles and a lecture he has 
been commissioned to create. He will write 
an article about the significance of former 
President Ulysses S. Grant's 1879 trip to 
Japan, and another about Japanese religion 
for the magazine Education About Asia. In 
October, he is slated to deliver an address 
on Americans in Japan in the 1800s at the 
Conference on Democracy and Religion in 
Asia at the University of Washington. 

Sharon Spalding, professor of physical 
education and exercise specialist for Virginia 
Women's Institute of Leadership, was quot- 
ed on KPHO radio in Phoenix and in Better 
Homes and Gardens. The topic was 
"Getting Started on Fitness." 

The Office of Communication, Marketing, 
and Public Affairs earned three awards as 
part of the Council for Advancement of and 
Support of Education (CASE) District ill 2005 
Awards. Director of Design Gretchen 
Newman and Assistant Director of Design 
Theresa Rollison received an Award of 
Excellence for the President's Tea invitation 
and Rollison a Special Merit for the Spring 
Fling invitation. Newman, Associate Vice 
President for Communication, Marketing, 
and Public Affairs Crista Cabe, and Director 
of Communication Carol Larson received an 
Award of Excellence in the direct mail cate- 
gory for a series of Admissions materials. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Ward Balances Directorship 
of ADPand Its BRCC Office 

Marion Ward thought, after serving MBC as 
assistant dean of students, director of resi- 
dence life, adjunct instructor of women's 
studies, academic advisor in the Adult 
Degree Program (ADP), and director of an 
ADP regional center during the past 17 
years, that her list of titles was complete. She 
was wrong. Beginning in January, Ward 
added director of ADP — the entire 
statewide network — to her Mary Baldwin 
resume. Still working as director of the 
ADP's center at Blue Ridge Community 
College (BRCC), Ward spends about 60 per- 
cent of her time as director in Staunton and 
the other 40 percent managing the office at 
Blue Ridge. 

"I was able to move into this position 
and feel very natural because of the other 
roles I've had at Mary Baldwin," Ward said. 
She finds countless ways as ADP director to 
use the experience she gained in other MBC 
positions, such as advising, counseling, and 
handling unique student issues. 

Ward's appointment marks the first 
time the Adult Degree Program has had 
both a director and a dean of adult and 
graduate studies to oversee all the pro- 
grams, and she is genuinely excited to be 
part of ADP's evolution. When Sheha 
Tolley, former director of operations for 
adult and graduate studies, left MBC in fall 
2005, the administrative office was slightly 
reorganized to allow for a director who 
would oversee ADP central staff, review 
students' degree plans, and mentor ADP 
advisors, among other duties. 

Although continuing in her role at 
BRCC is a scheduling challenge. Ward 
admits that it was her decision to do both 
jobs. "I love what 1 do there, particularly 
advising students, and I wanted to protect 
the continuity of how that center runs. Sue 
Schmeissing was promoted to full-time assis- 
tant director at BRCC to help us keep up 
with growing numbers," she said. Ward 
enjoys working with one of the oldest and 
most respected adult degree programs in the 
country and hopes she can help ADP run 
efficiently and seamlessly from student, to 
advisor, to professor, to administrator. 

"The more efficient we are here, the better 
we support growth of the program and the 
better we serve our students," she said. A 

The Woods and Joneses Lead an 
P^ Increasingly Active Parents Association 

The Parents Association has undergone some positive changes that will allow 
parents greater opportunity for support and engagement with MBC. The Parents 
Council has renamed itself and will be known as the Executive Committee of 
Parents Association. Every parent of a current Mary Baldwin student is a mem- 
ber of the Parents Association. 

The Executive Committee, in conjunction with the Alumnae/i and Parent 
Relations Office, has been busy this year hosting gatherings for families in differ- 
ent geographical areas of the country and supporting admissions efforts. For 
information about activities and ways to become involved, parents may go online 
to: www.mbc.edii/pareiits/. 

The current Executive Committee of the Parents Association is co-chaired by 
Bill and Wendy Wood and Harry and Allison Jones. Committee members are 
Carolyn Lucado Austin, Brenda Baker, John Cochran, Marianne and Ed Ferreol, 
Dorothy Eddis and Lowell Hott, Annie and Michael McAlexander, Edith 
Shelley, Ernestine and George Sledd, Rita and Charlie TenBroeck, Judy 
and Jeffrey Jorgensen, and Fred Banister. A 

New Alumnae/i Class Leadership 

As students in the residential college, they may have served in student government, 
or led a student organization, or not. Regardless of previous student leadership 
positions, as alumnae/i, they are now leading their classes in supporting the college 
and its strategic plan. 

Dozens were called on by the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors to 
participate in Mary Baldwin College's inaugural Class Leadership Council April 
21-23. In addition to receiving an update from MBC 
President Pamela Fox and members of the college's execu- 
tive staff, and touring the campus, they elected class officers 
to lead Reunion programming and to solicit class and indi- 
vidual gifts for the college. Eventually, the Alumnae/i Board 
would like to have in place a system where officers are elect- 
ed every five years — at Reunion — to keep classmates 
engaged with MBC by setting up mini-reunions, gathering 
information for class columns (formerly known as class 
notes in the magazine you are reading), and maintaining con- 
tact with the college about significant events. The Institutional Advancement team 
supports the Alumnae/i Board's efforts and is providing logistical support. 

"As our strategic plan unfolds, Mary Baldwin's success requires the participa- 
tion, engagement, and support of our alumnae/i," college leaders said in a letter to 
selected alumnae/i this spring. "Those colleges that are doing well are the ones 
that have a class leadership structure. We beheve that the results of this new initia- 
tive will help position Mary Baldwin College as a national leader in liberal arts 

The class leadership program is being piloted this year with alumnae/i who 
graduated in class years that end in 2, 3, 7, or 8. A 

Spring 2006 

Book. Book. Book. Our Libraries Expand with Works by Our Own 


The Tyson Years 1985-2003 

Mary Baldwin 
College has just 
The Tyson Years 
1985-2003 by 
Patricia Menk, pro- 
fessor emerita of his- 
tory. The result of 
two years' work, the 
book details the chal- 
lenges, innovations, 
and successes of the college during the long 
tenure of its eighth president, Cynthia 
Haidenby Tyson. 

Menk thought she had written her last 
book about Mary Baldwin's history when 
she completed To Live in Time, a compre- 
hensive history published in 1992 for the 
college sesquicentennial. She thought the 
new book would be a continuation of his- 
tory rather than a biography of its presi- 
dent. However, as she quotes MBC Dean 
of the College Emeritus James Lott in the 
book, "It is unusual in modern higher edu- 
cation to see a college president serve as 
long as Cynthia has. And those years have 
not been particularly easy ones for the col- 
lege or its president." Thus, Menk picked 
up her pen again at the behest of the col- 
lege's Board of Trustees to write specifical- 
ly about the Tyson years. 

The book, in 10 sections and 116 pages, 
was heralded at book-signings for faculty, 
staff, alumnae/i, and friends of the college on 
April 6. That evening Drs. Tyson and Menk 
were feted at dinner in their honor with the 
board of trustees. 

Menk also noted in the preface of 
Retrospect that she was "grateful to the 

board of trustees for authorizing the writ- 
ing of the book and in particular to Pamela 
Fox, the present president of Mary Baldwin 
College, who so generously gave her time 
and understanding. She, too, is a remark- 
able woman." 

Retrospect: The Tyson Years 1985-2003 is on sale 
for $18 in tine college's Alumnae/i Association Gift 
Shop, Mary Baldwin Bookstore, and at The 
Bookstack in downtown Staunton. 

The Essential Department Chair 

Yet another book 
from the Mary 
Baldwin family — 
this one the begin- 
ning of a series of 
books — has been 
published: The 

Department Chair, 
A Practical Guide to 
Administration by 



Jeffrey BuUer, vice president of academic 
affairs and dean of the college. "This is 
the book I never intended to write," said 
Buller. Based on a series of workshops he 
presented for faculty and administrative 
development, he wrote an article and sub- 
mitted It to the quarterly journal The 
Department Chair. After several subse- 
quent articles, Anker Publishers took note 
and asked Buller to expand the articles 
into a book. 

The day the book went to press. 
Anker requested another one, which will 
be 48 chapters long and titled The 
Essential Academic Dean to be published 
within the coming year. The Essential 
Department Chair is on sale at 
Amazon. corn and other booksellers. 

Staunton's Newtown: 
Portrait of a Historic District 

"How would you 
like to be co-authors 
on my next book?" 
That was one of the 
first questions posed 
by Katharine Brown, 
adjunct professor of 
history, in her 
Historic Preservation 
class in 2005. Brown 
has taught the course 
at Mary Baldwin 
College for close to 25 years. She realized 
her students had written quite a bit about 
the city's history — particularly of the 
Newtown District, which is listed on the 
National Register of Historic Places. Their 
final project requires them to research a 
building and write it up as if they were writ- 
ing a nomination narrative for a listing on 
the National Register of Historic Places. 
That stack of student papers was incarnated 
in her latest book, Staunton's Newtown: 
Portrait of a Historic District. 

"It was a lot of fun working with stu- 
dent papers and adding my own narrative to 
fill in parts here and there," Brown said. She 
counted about 28 student papers used in the 
book, including those from students in the 
Class of 2005 and from previous years back 
to 1985, all of whom are credited in the 

More than 250 photographs, maps, 
and drawings throughout the book help 
illustrate the story from Newtown's forma- 
tion in 1787 to its recent rediscovery' and 
revival. Staunton's Newtown is available at 
the MBC Bookstore, The Bookstack in 
Staunton, and from Lot's Wife Publishing, of 
which Brown is a co-founder. A 



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12 Spring 2006 


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Mary Baldwin College Magazine 





A special place to showcase artistic work by students, faculty, 
and professionals — and the intern who makes it happen. 

By Dawn Medley 

TAKE A PEEK into the 50x30-foot space 
on the first floor of Lyda B. Hunt Dining 
Hail one month and you might glimpse the 
work of an acclaimed artist such as Milo 
Russell, Joan Gaustad, or Chica Teney. 
Come back another month, and you could 
see the yet-undiscovered talent of Mary 
Baldwin College students. At another time, 
you might find an intriguing exhibit of 
work by professors such as Paul Ryan, 
Anne Hanger, and Jim Sconyers. 

This is the beauty and the simplicin,' 
of Hunt Gallery. Student, faculty, alumnae, 
and other professional work has been 
shown alternately in the same white- 
walled, checkerboard-floored arena since 
1983. Prior to that, formal art displays 
were essentially homeless, according to 
College Archivist William Pollard. The art 
department was housed on the ground 
floor of Martha Grafton Library when it 
opened in 1960, and art was largely dis- 

played in the rooms and corridors of that 
building. The practice of displaying a few 
pieces lingered until a few years ago, 
Pollard said. In keeping with the tradition 
of displaying art in Grafton, a room with 
glass doors on the main level of the library 
was recently set up by Jim Sconyers, assis- 
tant professor of photography, as a small 
printmaking and photography gallery. 

The art department, and most of its 
art, moved to Bertie Murphy Deming Fine 
Arts Center when the college purchased it 
as part of the former Staunton Military 
Academy campus in the mid-1970s. 
Department offices, studios, and class- 
rooms are located there today, and the 
hallway space on the first floor is designat- 
ed as Deming Alternative Gallery for dis- 
playing student work. 

More than just a place to hang or dis- 
play art, as the primary on-campus gallery, 
Hunt is a classroom, an opportunity to 

Spring 2006 

Above: Susan Paul Firestone's '68 show Psychic Stages in Hunt Gallery, February 2006 

Photos right, top to bottom: Suzanna Fields, Sweet Release, acrylic, 2004; ChicaTeney sorts her paintings 
for her March 2006 exhibit In Hunt Gallery; Jihah Moon, Boscti's trip to the East, acrylic and oil on paper, 
2003; Martha MacLeish, untitled, oil on canvas over shaped wood, 2003 

interact with practicing artists, a community 
arena for ideas, and student preparation for 
the "real world" of exhibiting, Ryan said. 
"The gallery also provides internship oppor- 
tunities every year, which has proven valuable 
for students who go on to graduate school 
and for others in their professional work." 

Natural light from a wall of southwest- 
facing windows, plaster walls, and lack of 
climate control are continual challenges for 
arranging shows in Hunt Gallery, but Ryan 
said it has two distinct advantages: its loca- 
tion at the center of campus and its compact 
size. "The space is exhibition-friendly and 
flexible for different types of shows. 
Through [MBC President] Dr. Fox's long- 
range planning, we are working to alleviate 
some of its issues," he said. 

An upgraded gallery would open up 
creative possibilities. Adding climate control 
would make it possible to accommodate his- 
torical shows, and other updates could help 

bring contemporary shows that involve frag- 
ile or sensitive materials, or those which 
require sophisticated video monitors, digital 
projectors, or computers, Ryan said. 

Gallery intern Melissa Baldwin '06 
knows the eccentricities and charms of 
MBC's showcase room as 
well as anyone. During a 
full year of work — most 
students intern for one 
semester — she has 
helped set up nearly a 
dozen shows, contacted 
artists, written press 
releases and artist bios, Melissa Baldwin '06 

and is working to catalog more than 10 
years of previous shows. 

"I had been attending gallery openings 
since my freshman year, but I didn't realize 
there was an opportunity for student 
involvement for a while," said Baldwin, a 
double major in studio art and art history. 

and a painter herself. "I am thrilled to have 
the position now. Every show is different, 
and it's enlightening to talk to the artists 
before their shows, and then meet them." 

Aside from helpmg set up monthly dis- 
plays, Baldwin's primary project has been to 
organize slides, pictures, artist information, 
and correspondence back to 1992, when 
Ryan started teaching at MBC. She has cre- 
ated hard-copy files for each artist that will 
allow people to find pictures, exhibit dates, 
and artist information in a snap. 

In early spring, Baldwin — the intern 
who kept busy organizing other artists' 
shows — was preparing to set up her own. 
She was humbled by the thought that her 
name would join the list of the year's 
exhibitors, some who have done shows 
nationally and internationally. 

Carolyn Henne, Sally Bowring, Susan 
Firestone '68, Melissa Baldwin '06. Not bad 
company. Not bad at all. A 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

16 Spring 2006 

By Dawn Medley 

iane l-iiic is n movie music junkie. 
She admits that most of her CD 
collection is movie soundtracks. 
But she's not talking ahout the frivolous 
scores at Scary Movie or Roiiiy & 
Michelle's High School Reunion. Those 
that stir her are soundtracks such as The 
Patriot., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and 

1 can t say I ve ever gone to a movie 
just CO hear the soundtrack, but I have 
missed parts of the action because I've 
had my eyes closed to listen to the 
music," she said. 

Line's passion for inspired movie 
music serves her well in her dual role at 
Mary Baldwin College. As a student in 
the Adult Degree Program majoring in 
music and as director of the MBC/VWIL 
marching band, music is basically her life. 
In her office on the second floor of the 
house occupied by the Virginia Women's 

campus, books for her senior thesis on 
Mozart's Requiem and courses in history 

pictures of her tuning up with Mary 
Baldwin cadets and marching in the Ohio 
State University band. 

"Mary Baldwin has probably been 
the single greatest thing to happen in my 
life — from my first conversation with 
my advisor, Lallon Pond [associate profes- 
sor of business administration!, 1 knew it 
was right," she said. 

After a hiatus from higher education 
of nearly 2.5 years. Line returned to the 
classroom as a music history major at 
MBC in January 2005. Less than a month 
later, she was working as director of the 
college's marching band, which had just 
started to incorporate non-VWIL stu- 
dents. A month after that, she was on a 
charter bus with the band, headed for 
New York City and the group's most her- 

alded performance — as part of that city's 
annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

Things continue to move fast. In 
preparation for graduation in May, Line 
balanced I S credit hours — including a 
senior thesis — with early morning 
rehearsals, weekly evening section prac- 
tice, staff meetings, and performances in 
parades on campus and off, including a 
second trip to NYC. Seldom boastful, she 
is proud to acknowledge that she has 
maintained a 3.76 overall GPA. 

Line grew up in southwestern Ohio, 
outside Cincinnati, where her mother was 
a professional musician who played flute 
in city and regional symphonies and 
tutored students in the instrument. Line 

and by 14 she was playing the F'rench 
horn in public appearances. "Music was 
everywhere in my house," she said. 

Line was a music education major 
at Ohio State University in 1981 when 
she joined the Air Force and chose to 
serve in the band. She was stationed at 
Langley Air Force Base in Hampton 
Roads, Virginia, and traveled frequently 
in Virginia, North Carolina, and 
Maryland for band performances as a 
French horn player. Line compares play- 
ing in a military band to the work of a 
public relations officer; in fact, band 
units are organized as part of the public 
relations function of the armed forces, 
and are intended to build morale and 
recruit members. Line explained. As the 
MBC/VWIL Band grows. Line hopes it 
will serve that purpose at MBC. 

"There are so many opportunities 
for the role of the band to expand," she 
said, citing the potential for performanc- 
es at sporting events and college-wide 
activities such as Apple Day. 

The band is currently composed of 
about 40 students, nine of whom are not 

in VWIL. Band Director Line and 
Brigadier Ceneral Michael Bissell, com- 
mandant of cadets, are working toward a 
60-niember band that would include 
about 30 non-cadet students, but its suc- 
cess isn't strictly measured in numbers. 

"We have been given freedom to try 
new things, like non-military marches," 
said Line, who even figured out a way to 
sneak one of her favorite movie pieces, 
composer John Williams' majestic theme 
from The Patriot, into the line-up. "The 
things I'm learning in class about mid- to 
late- 19th-century music are the basis for 
many of the sweeping musical scores in 
movies. Those pieces work well for the 
band, too," she said. 

The Lexington Christmas Parade in 
2005 brought about Line's proudest 
moment with the MBC/VWIL Band. "It 
was Lexington at night, and they looked 
so sharp when they did a half turn and 
played in front of the judges' stand. I was 
overwhelmed," said Line. The unit won 
best marching band in the parade — 
beating Virginia Military Institute on its 
home turf for the fourth time. 

Her unique position as an ADP stu- 
dent and a faculty member carries more 
benefits than just being able to park 
almost anywhere on campus. She has 
recruited fellow classmates to join the 
band, and she enjoys interacting with 
band members in class and around cam- 
pus, beyond rehearsals. Line plans to 
continue as band director after gradua- 
tion, and she will have more time to give 
private lessons — which she has done 
for several years — and play with the 
Harrisonburg/Rockingham County 
Concert Band near her home in 
Massanutten, Virginia. 

"I truly believe there's more to. come 
from the band, and I plan to see it 
through," she said. A 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 




By Jenny Howard 

bered just 11. Today their average is 75. 
Back then they lived in Tullidge Residence 
Hall. Today they reside in a state-of-the- 
art facility on the former site of Bailey 
Residence Hall. 

What has stayed the same in the 20- 
year history of the Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary 
Baldwin College is the commitment to 
give e.xtraordinary young women the 
chance to fulfill their academic potential 
earlier in life. For the last two decades 
PEG, still the only residential program of 
its kind in the nation, has given academi- 
cally gifted high school-age women the 
opportunity to begin college one to four 
years early. 

On March 31 PEG celebrated its 20- 
year milestone, welcoming back former 
students, staff, and directors, including 
alumnae dating back to the charter class. 

Spring 2006 




"It's cool to see people who have done this 
before," said Nakita Hanson '06. 

Christine "Tee" Garrison, the first 
director of PEG, shared slides and anec- 
dotes of the early days of the program. 
"These were bright, capable kids who were 
bored in their schools," she told the crowd. 
"At Mary Baldwin they were in a group of 
intellectual peers and could feel good about 

Celeste Rhodes, former director and 
executive director of PEG, also spoke of the 
challenges and victories. Rhodes thanked 
the earliest alumnae who had come on "a 
wing and a prayer" and their families for 
having the courage to send their daughters 
to such a new program. One of her key 
goals was achieved when then-President 
Cynthia Haldenby Tyson wrote a letter to 
the Malone Family Foundation articulating 
the college's long-term commitment to PEG. 

Razel Solow, director of PEG research. 

and her associate, Emma Leed Branch '05, 
presented highlights from their research 
study funded by the Malone Family 
Foundation and conducted over the past 
three years. Solow received a contract for 
her book Lives of Purpose, which will detail 
findings from the study. The book will look 
at PEG graduates and examine five in 
depth, covering topics like popular miscon- 
ceptions about gifted individuals. It is likely 
to be published near the end of 2007. 
Research for the project was begun by 
Rhodes, who retired due to illness but 
remains a consultant. 

Four current PEG students discussed 
their work mentoring local elementary and 
middle school students in two area schools: 
McSwain Elementary and Stuart Hall. Pia 
Adolphsen '09, Samantha Smith '09, 
Joanna Bischoff '09, and Emily Mindrebo 
'09 have advised students on Battle of the 
Books, a reading program, as well as 

Passion Projects, a task m which students 
pursue interests ranging from volcanoes to 
an original Claymation film, and a geodesic 
dome made of newspaper. 

Six former PEG students spoke of 
their experiences in the program as well as 
life after PEG. The alumnae panel included 
Dori Akerman '92, Diana Ballard '91, 
Rose Chu Beck '92, Damaris Christensen 
'90, Mary Rebekah Cox Hadfield '92, and 
Anne Byford '89. They regaled the crowd 
with tales of what it's like to be the 
youngest person in your first job after col- 
lege and how fortunate it is to make mis- 
takes early in life with extra time to 
e.xplore options. 

Elizabeth Connell '92, current direc- 
tor of PEG, summed up the feeling of 
many in attendance at the reunion. "It's a 
place where young women come to devel- 
op who they are," she said. "And who 
thev can be." A 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Student Ingenuity Showcased 
at First Capstone Festival 

By Dawn Medley 

Some colleges and universities don't offer 
it. Others do, but students have to 
make a point of asking for it. At Mary 
Baldwin College and very few other institu- 
tions, it is a requirement. 

"It" is a significant, original research 
or creative project by undergraduates — 
as the culminating effort of a student's 
senior year at MBC. The senior thesis is 
part of a group of activities that get stu- 
dents ready for life after college. Recently 
termed the Capstone Experience, it is a 
vital component of the Mary Baldwin 
College Advantage. It is not only innova- 
tive, it is inspiring. 

"It gives you a feeling of esteem — 
more than if you had just completed 
coursework," said senior Nakita Hanson, 
who finished her project in spring semester. 
Her thesis examined why Americans are 
drowning in debt at a younger age. "For 
me, it represented closure of my undergrad- 
uate years and gave me confidence that I 
have learned the work ethic and skills to 
do what will be necessary to write graduate 
papers or a dissertation." 

Topics are as varied as MBC students' 
backgrounds and imaginations. Hanson's 
was one of an elite group nominated for a 
new event this year, the Capstone Festival, 
that showcased exceptional senior projects 
for the entire college community during 
May Term. A quick survey of the list of 
entries on page 21 gives a glimpse of the 
intellectual diversity students display in any 
given year. The first Capstone Festival was 
held May 3 in celebration of authentic aca- 
demic achievement. 

The process each senior goes through 
demonstrates MBC's faith in its students' 
abilities and inventiveness. Although the 
process differs slightly among disciplines, a 
few things are constant and clear: Students 
propose and develop their topic; they conduct 
experiments, interviews, and 
research; they present their 
projects in a public forum; and 
they defend their work for an 
audience of peers, professors, 
and guests. With the Capstone 
Festival a reality, a select num- 
ber of students go one step 
beyond the normal process to 
present their work at the festi- 

Paul Callo, assistant pro- 
fessor of biology, said the 
range of topics often pushes 
professors outside their com- 
fort zones, too. He advised 
four projects this year, which 
included a survey of blood parasites in 
Hooded Warbler populations, a study con- 
ducted in Idaho of the influence of hunting 
pressure on habitat selection in ducks, and 
the effect of a common brand of weed killer 
on tadpole development. 

The journey from inspiration to presen- 
tation of one of Callo's advisees, Kira 
Cherrix, provides a model of the senior proj- 
ect process. At an individual advising session 
in March, outfitted with her Dell Inspiron 
laptop, Cherrix got down to business updat- 
ing the professor about the data her mice 
produced. She brought up graphs and 
spreadsheets showing their calorie consump- 

"It gives you 

a feeling of 

esteem — 

more than if 

you had just 


— Nakita Hanson '06 

tion, weight, and carbon dioxide and oxy- 
gen production, and spoke with confidence 
about her findings and next steps. How did 
she get from the kernel of an idea to this 
point, and where would it go from there? 
Cherrix's study started with a clean 

slate. Some academic depart- 
ments at MBC guide student 
projects by setting an overall 
topic that students work with- 
in. Biology majors can design 
almost any research they 
choose — as long as it can be 
conducted at the college or an 
approved off-site location. Her 
original idea was to determine 
if there is a correlation 
between blood types and 
hypoglycemia, but human sub- 
jects are off-limits at MBC. 
Cherrix moved on to other 
mammals and remembered a 
question that had come up at 
a friend's senior thesis defense at Mary 
Baldwin the previous year. Cherrix's friend 
had not been able to go back into the lab 
to answer an inquiry about how artificial 
sweeteners affect the metabolic rate and 
calorie intake of mice. Cherrix decided she 
would continue the study, building on the 
foundation laid by the alumna. 

When the topic was set, the mice 
arrived, 21 of them. During the four-week 
experimentation period, Cherrix learned to 
deal with live subjects, and she was grateful 
there was no need to revise her original the- 
sis. The penultimate step was writing a sub- 
stantial paper — made a bit easier for 

Spring 2006 

Senior Projects Nominated 

for MBC's First Capstone Festival: 

SadeAraballo Blacks in Catholicism 

Ashley Barksdale Why Am I Not a Mexican? Mexican Nationalism and Indigenous Identity 

Sarah Becker Drug Induction and Neutralization of Schizophrenia and Parkinson's Disease in Mice 

Sarah Benkendorf Musical Selections from Senior Voice Recital 

Harriet Blackwell Where Did She Go? An Analysis of Media Coverage of Missing Black Women 

Jessica Cannon The Puzzling Mysteries of Life 

Kira Cherrix The Effects of Nuclear Testing on the People and Environment of Nevada 

Allison Ford Mathematical Issues Related to Structural Treatment Interruption in HIV Dynamics 

Nakita Hanson The Life Cycle Hypothesis of Saving Is Dead; Long Live the Life Cycle Hypothesis 

Tomesha Hart Aggressive Music and Adolescents: Does Music Negatively Influence Adolescent Behavior? 

Lanae Hawkins The Creation of the Baldwin Program Board Website 

Johnice Hill Mount Zion Congregational Church: Finances, Work of Women, and Daily Operations, 1879-1890 

Stephanie Hooper Oh Give Me Land: Exploitation and Abuse of Land Legislation in the West 

Hilary Hott 1 : Excerpts from Senior Repertoire, musical presentation 

2: Bleomycin-lnduced Pulmonary Fibrosis: Egr-1 and Sp3 Induction 

Megan Huffman Headspace Analysis of Incense 

Tiffany Jackson The FBI Sabotage of Marcus Garvey as He Followed the Philosophy of BookerT Washington 

Therese Landin 1 : A Study of Body Composition Testing Methods of the United States Air Force 

2: Do We Always Support Our Troops? An Analysis of Public Opinion and the Military in America 

Cara Magolda Continuity of Care for Low-Birth-Weight Infants in Virginia's Neonatal Intensive Care Units 

Jill Montgomery Deere & Company 

Angela Paschal Woman's Eye View 

Ellis Raiford TIME :: CHANGE, an art presentation 

Rachel Rorer 'To Kill and Destroy' Death by Law: The Wolf in Colonial Virginia 

Lauren Sobers The Development of the Modern American Interstate Highway System 

Samantha Sprole The Ouest Program: Student Spirituality in Motion 

Belena Stuart Why Has the Democracy Movement in Burma Been Unsuccessful? 

Heather Tyler Henry Agard Wallace's Shift to Practical Politics 

Cherrix because her research seemed to be 
showing the effect she anticipated. As the 
college intended, the paper tied together 
many parts of her studies at MBC, reaching 
beyond biology. Then, like her friend the 
year before, she defended her research and 
conclusions with a presentation to profes- 
sors, classmates, and other interested peo- 
ple. She was asked pointed questions and 
needed to think on her feet. 

Interestingly, results and data are 
often not the only, or even the major, 
aspect on which professors judge student 
performance. "We are at least as interested, 
if not more interested, in how you deal 
with the obstacles in your research — how 
you redesign or get around them — as we 

are in the data," said Lundy Pentz, associ- 
ate professor of biology, to students in a 
mid-semester biology senior seminar class. 
"The goal is that you have the experience 
of research. Making a wonderful discovery 
is an added benefit." 

But Cherrix was not nervous. In fact, 
the process was old hat for her, as she had 
already written and delivered a senior the- 
sis in history the previous semester. She 
also earned a Capstone Festival nomina- 
tion for that work about the effects of 
nuclear testing on the people and environ- 
ment of Nevada. She's planning to use 
and e.xpand on it for graduate school 
entrance essays. 

"The [Capstone] festival will, I think. 

motivate people to do well on their senior 
projects so they can be part of it. You put 
so much effort into your thesis and it's 
rewarding to have others recognize that," 
Cherrix said. 

While still in the midst of her biology 
project, Cherrix presented her history thesis 
at the regional meeting of Phi Alpha Theta, 
the national history honor society', in 
Lexington, Virginia. Her paper earned second 
prize in the American history undergraduate 
section, and she'll receive an award and cer- 
tificate from the national organization. 

Cherrix's advice for not sweating the 
senior project: "Start early ... as early as 
you're comfortable. Enjoy it. It's the last thing 
\ou"ll do here. It will be your legacy." ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 




Conflict. It can be as petty as 
siblings fighting over who gets 
to play with a video ganne first 
— or as tragic as the tension 
between Arabs and Israelis 
that has led to the loss of 
thousands of lives. Peace. The 
easy part is l<nowing you want 
it. A new minor dealing with 
such issues debuts at IVIary 
Baldwin College in fall 2006. 

22 Spring 2006 

By Dawn Medley 

The college's new minor in peacemaking and conflict resolution responds 
to growing concern about how to encourage peaceful solutions to con- 
flicts that rage around the globe. The program will provide the world 
with a few more people each year who are educated in peace studies, said 
Roderic Owen, professor of philosophy and coordinator of the minor. 

"It's one type of academic response to the college's focus on global citizen- 
ship in a diverse world. Part of understanding diversity is to learn how cultures 
and religions deal with conflict and unrest," said Owen. 

Mary Baldwin's commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding is 
well established. During the 1970s, studies were focused primarily on Western 
philosophical thought and Judeo/Christian religion, as they were at most phi- 
losophy and religion programs at American colleges and universities. The addi- 
tion of Asian studies at MBC in the early 1980s signaled an expansion in 
course offerings, and philosophy and religion was one of the first departments 
to extend its curriculum as well. The two departments have a close relation- 
ship, sharing several courses and working together on new initiatives. 

Philosophy and religion again demonstrated its desire for diverse studies by 
spearheading the creation of a minor in African American studies nearly a 
decade ago. The department's strength continues to reside in its collaboration 
with other academic departments at MBC, and its ability to make connections 
with pertinent local and global issues. The addition of a second interdiscipli- 
nary minor under the philosophy/religion umbrella is further testament to that 
collaboration. Peacemaking and conflict resolution will include three required 
courses — nine hours — that cover communication, psychology, philosophy, 
and religion fundamentals. An additional nine hours can be chosen from a 
broad range of courses in subjects from anthropology to sociology. Three hours 
of internship credit round out the program. The minor's only new course, 
taught by Owen, will focus on Ghandi's life and teachings. 

Owen has been contemplating the idea of a peace studies program for 
nearly a decade, and now the elements are in place for the college to support it, 
he said. The addition of faculty members in communication, psychology, and 
sociology, and new course offerings coUegewide that study relationships 
between races, cultures, and genders, while emphasizing service, create an envi- 
ronment where peace studies can flourish. 

Mahala Burn '07, biology major and religion minor, said several of the 
courses she has taken have been rooted in intercultural and interfaith under- 
standing. "Faith, Life, and Service allowed students of many faiths to connect 
and speak of spiritual issues in an academic setting," she said. "Science and 
Religion addressed the conflict between the faith in the divine and faith in sci- 
entific law, and offered possible resolutions." 

The peacemaking minor also connects with MBC's new General Education 
program (followed by all students), as well as an emerging international body of 
research and practice focused on mediation, peacemaking, and nonviolent conflict 

continued next page 


A Combination That Works 

A single department that houses philosophy 
and religion is a bit of an anonnaiy, even at a 
small, liberal arts college, explained Owen. 
"Most colleges and universities separate the 
two into distinct disciplines," he said. 

So why has MBC retained a combined 
department? Its full-time faculty has dual inter- 
ests in both philosophical and religious theo- 
ries and practice. Professor of Religion James 
Oilman holds degrees in both divinity and phi- 
losophy. Professor of Philosophy and 
Assistant Dean of the College Edward Scott, 
who holds a PhD in philosophy, is also pastor 
of Allen Chapel AME in Staunton. Owen stud- 
ied philosophy and religion at the undergradu- 
ate level, focused his graduate studies in 
ethics, and completed his doctoral studies by 
analyzing the moral and spiritual development 
of college students. Almost all faculty in the 
department have social, political, and personal 
commitments to mediation as well. Gilman is 
a certified mediator, and both he and Owen 
actively support mediation services through 
the regional Community Mediation Center, 
which helps citizens and organizations reach 
creative, harmonious solutions before involv- 
ing the legal system. 

The full-time faculty is rounded out with 
four professors who instruct some philosophy 
and religion courses in addition to other cam- 
pus responsibilities. Several professors from 
other disciplines, whose courses are cross-list- 
ed in the academic catalog, and a number of 
adjunct professors complete the lineup. 

Philosophy and religion's position as a 
single discipline allows for smooth cooperation 
with other departments and for support of col- 
legewide goals. Students have the opportunity 
to choose a major in philosophy, or religion, or 
a combination of the two. Minors in philoso- 
phy, religion, and ministry are also offered. The 
department works with other disciplines on 
community outreach efforts, such as the annu- 
al Martin Luther King Jr. March for Peace and 
Justice, the Virginia Foundation for 
Independent Colleges Ethics Bowl, the col- 
lege's chapter of Habitat for Humanity and 
newly emerging community service and serv- 
ice learning opportunities. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


continued from page 23 

resolution. There is a growing interest in 
understanding cross-cultural and multi- 
cultural group interaction at the college 
and in the larger community. More than 
250 similar undergraduate programs 
exist around the country, and MBC's will 
look at peacemaking from religious and 
secular viewpoints in local, regional, and 
global contexts, Owen said. 

Students who complete the minor 
will be prepared to enter graduate pro- 
grams in the field. Among the profession- 
al options for those who study the disci- 
pline are working at peace centers 
around the world, writing policy for gov- 
ernment agencies, and using principles of 
conflict resolution in almost any field. 

Jessica Carrigo '09 was full of 
questions after hearing about the minor 
for the first time, but she quickly start- 

ed thinking about how well it would fit 
into her educational plans. "I'm really 
interested in the course on Gandhi," 
said Carrigo, who is leaning toward a 
major in psychology. "I'd also like to 
explore the psychological components 
of peacemaking, like, is the ability to 
create peaceful solutions linked to cer- 
tain parts of the brain?" 

The new minor will further comple- 
ment the Mary Baldwin College 
Advantage by encouraging community 
service, internships, and international 
education opportunities. It will also 
enhance Quest, an MBC signature pro- 
gram that encourages spiritual growth 
through community service, coursework, 
discussion, and co-curricular activities. 
Burn said her membership in Quest, 
which is directed by college chaplain. 

Rev. Patricia Hunt, encourages her to be 
"more understanding and open-minded." 

McCall Carter '07 was one of a few 
students who learned about the minor in 
its early stages in spring 2006. "My 
dream job is to work for the United 
Nations," said Carter, a philosophy and 
political science major. "Focusing my 
efforts to study peacemaking and com- 
plete this minor will benefit me immense- 
ly in a role in that organization." 

MBC's initiative to create a peace- 
making and conflict resolution minor 
responds to student and faculty interest, 
and it reflects well on the college. Carter 
said. "It is an important subject today 
because U.S. foreign policy is heavy on 
the military side. The country and the 
world could use more people who are 
aware of alternative solutions." ▲ 

A Global Perspective: 'It's Up to Me ...' Says May '06 

Elizabeth May '06 says the seeds for her 
desire to study acts of genocide — primarily 
those perpetrated during the Holocaust — 
were planted early in her life by her humani- 
tarian parents. Her childhood was spent 
among Native Americans in North Carolina 
where her father worked as an Indian 
Health Service pharmacist at Cherokee 
Indian Hospital. Although she realizes, 
looking back at pictures of birthday parties 
and sports teams, that she was the ethnic 
minority in that area, she never once felt 
singled out because of it. The unconditional 

acceptance May felt growing up makes 
events like the Holocaust all the more 
unbelievable and horrendous to her. 

May started at Mary Baldwin as a 
psychology major, but soon realized her 
interest in humanity grew out of curiosity 
about persecution and survival. With her 
academic advisor Daniel Stuhlsatz, assis- 
tant professor of sociology, she developed 
an independent major in Holocaust and 
genocide studies. May combined many of 
the disciplines and elements that would 
later come together in MBC's new minor in 

Spring 2006 

A Global Perspective: Htut Appreciates '...So Many Freedoms' 

'When you come 
from a place like I do, 
though, you really 
appreciate the govern- 
ment and the peace 
here. You have so 
many freedoms and 
can make your voices 
heard without punish- 
ment. I have the 
advantage of knowing 
how important that is.' 

"It has been a long journey," said Aye 
Htut, referring to her college education. 
Htut, 28, graduated from high school in 
her native Burma — now called Union of 
Myanmar — 10 years ago, and she 
recently finished her first semester at 
Mary Baldwin College. 

Political instability and frequent uni- 
versity closures in her home country 
forced her to seek higher education in 
Singapore, where she attended classes 
at no cost for three years in exchange for 
her commitment to work in that country 
for the next three years. Her family's cir- 
cumstances finally improved enough to 
allow her to come to the United States 
for education a few years ago, and she 
enrolled at California State University. 
MBC is her fourth — and, she hopes, 
final — step toward earning an under- 
graduate degree that has taken nearly a 
dozen years and spanned three countries. 

The state of political unrest in 
Burma, a country controlled by military 
regimes since 1962, is no secret. In 
1988, counter-government uprisings 
sparked violent retorts by authorities, 
and Htut's family was not spared in the 
ongoing strife. During her childhood, her 
father was repeatedly jailed for sup- 
posed government opposition and came 
close to dying in prison before he was 

permanently released. 

Htut found Mary Baldwin through 
alumna and fellow Burmese native Lin 
Lin Aung '03, who worked with Htut's 
mother in Bangkok, Thailand. 

She is living in a residence hall on 
campus for the first time in her under- 
graduate career and enjoys the cultural 
exchange that seems to come so easily 
for other MBC students. Htut believes 
that anything the college does to encour- 
age that exchange, as well as ways that 
learning about other cultures can lead to 
peace, is a move in the right direction. 

"It's human nature to complain, 
especially about politics and government, 
and, of course, that includes people in 
America," Htut said. "When you come 
from a place like I do, though, you really 
appreciate the government and the peace 
here. You have so many freedoms and 
can make your voices heard without pun- 
ishment. I have the advantage of know- 
ing how important that is." 

Htut would like to attend graduate 
school after Mary Baldwin to prepare 
herself for a return to Burma. "I am one 
of many people hoping for change for 
the better in my country. When that 
time comes, we want to be ready to 
return and offer our skills to our people," 
she said. 

peacemaking and conflict resolution. 

"I want to understand how a person 
can kill another person with a clear con- 
science or commit other horrendous 
crimes, and still go home at night, tuck in 
the children, and be able to sleep. It's up to 
me, and the other people who study this 
history, to figure out how that happens and 
stop it from repeating," May said. 

Tapping into courses in psychology, 
sociology, history, marketing communica- 
tion, philosophy and religion, and political 
science. May's major is truly interdiscipli- 

nary. Her professors' expertise and guid- 
ance have helped her create independent 
study courses — classes that she organiz- 
es with professors one-on-one — such 
as Sociological Impact of the Nuremburg 
Laws, and Nazi Propaganda. 

As a junior. May attended the nation- 
al Peacemakers Training Institute, spon- 
sored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation 
in Pennsylvania. The group of students 
from across the country covered difficult 
issues, such as poverty, industry, poli- 
tics, treatment of migrant workers, and 

food production in an effort to examine 
peace, May said. With the creation of 
the minor in peacemaking. Professor 
Roderic Owen hopes to nominate at 
least one Mary Baldwin student each 
year for that conference. In spring 2006, 
May interned with the Human Rights 
Campaign in Washington DC, continuing 
her exposure to ideas about how inequal- 
ity leads to conflict. 

"I can think of nothing more impor- 
tant than instruction in learning how to 
live harmoniously," she said. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Charlotte Jackson Berry '51 
Defines Civic Engagement 

Her civic engagement began in childhood — she collected 
dimes for the American Red Cross and raised $13 for the 
children's milk charity fund. It was only a matter of time 
before she took on ever greater roles in community service. 

Spring 2006 

By Carol Larson and Dawn Medley 

When Charlotte Jackson Berry '5 1 
"talked the talk" about civic serv- 
ice as Mary Baldwin College's 
2006 Commencement speaker May 21, the 
audience was assured that she has also 
"walked the walk." She spoke about the 
reality of community activism and volun- 
teerism in a way that only one, who has con- 
nected deeply with the topic, can. She grew 
up in a family that believed helping others 
was part of life, and her own service started 
early. Her whole life's work was all the 
preparation she needed for this — her second 
— Mary Baldwin Commencement address. 

"In 1989, 1 spoke at Mary Baldwin's 
Commencement about women's struggle 
between being a career woman or a home- 
maker. My advice was to do what makes 
you happy and is the most benefit to those 
around you," said Berry. 

"Women's roles have changed, as we 
expected they would, but my advice still 
holds true and applies directly to volun- 
teerism, too. There is a growing movement 
that, no matter what other decisions one 
makes in life, he or she should give back 
with their time, talents, and treasures," she 

First as Charlotte Marshall Jackson (her 
maiden name), then as Charlotte Jackson 
Lunsford (the name of her first husband, who 
passed away in 1980), and now as Charlotte 
Jackson Berry (the name of her current hus- 
band, also an active volunteer), she continues 
to blaze a path of inspiring community serv- 
ice. She was recently in Moldova — a poor 
Eastern European country that was formerly 
part of the Soviet Union — to aid grassroots 
volunteer organizations. 

It was a different Mary Baldwin 
College when Charlotte Marshall Jackson 
commenced in 1951. Students in that decade 
climbed the same steep hills as today's stu- 
dents, but in loafers and ankle socks instead 
of platforms or flip-flops. They played 
bridge in The Club and attended Book Teas 
at the library in lieu of hearing comedians in 
the Nuthouse or seeing current movies in 
Francis (with free popcorn). However, young 
Charlotte Jackson's goal of serving the 
world around her is shared by many stu- 
dents at Mary Baldwin today. 

"The scenario is much more global 
now. We didn't used to talk about interna- 
tional volunteerism, but that is the impera- 
tive today," Berry said. "Students are 
encouraged to think about service not only 
as an activity, but also as an academic expe- 

Charlotte Jackson was a tireless stu- 
dent. From the 1951 Bluestocking yeAthook, 

one learns that she was from Memphis, 
Tennessee, and a candidate for a bachelor of 
arts in psychology. The book also reveals 
that, in addition to being May 
Queen, she was head of house in 
Rose Terrace, and a member of 
the Student Government 
Association's executive com- 
mittee and Student Council. ^Kf^ 
She belonged to several ath- -^™ 
letic groups, including 
Dolphin Club (promoting 
swimming). Monogram Club 
(sports participation and 
sportsmanship), swimming, 
basketball. Athletic Association, W 
and YWCA committee. Not sur- 
prisingly, she was listed in Who's Berry 
Who in American Colleges Mid 

After graduation, Jackson put her 
degree to work in the field of mental health. 
For the only child of a wealthy real estate 
developer, it was an awakening to see how 
people with mental illness were stigmatized. 
Her memory of watching patients through 
slats in door windows of isolation rooms 
refuses to fade. 

Soon after she married Dr. Lewis 
Lunsford, a cardiologist, they moved to 
Asheville, North Carolina where she would 
begin her work as a passionate and commit- 
ted volunteer. During the next 12 years, 
Charlotte Lunsford gave her time and energy 
to United Way, Asheville Symphony, Pisgah 
Girl Scout Council, and numerous other 
organizations. Although she has lived else- 
where for many years, she has not lost touch 
with Asheville and was awarded a lifetime 
achievement award by United Way many 
years after she left the area. She was also 
named Woman of the Year in 1981 in 
Asheville in recognition of her community 

She amassed a hst of "firsts" that speak 
to her success: first woman board member for 
Wachovia Bank in North Carolina, first 
woman president of Asheville's United Way, 
first woman to receive the Asheville Chamber 
of Commerce Big "A" Award for communit\- 
service, and first female chair of the Asheville 
Country Day School Board of Trustees. 

Mrs. Lunsford lost her first husband in 
1980. She continued her work, accepting 
ever greater civic leadership roles until 
becoming the national chairwoman of vol- 
unteers for American Red Cross in 1986. 
That position took her across the United 
States and abroad, earned her the respect 
and admiration of so many, including that 
organization's president, Elizabeth Dole — 

and introduced her to volunteer Joe Berry, 
an attorney and the man she would marry in 
1991. They moved to Columbia, South 

By then the consummate vol- 
unteer, Mrs. Berry's impact swept 
into Columbia while she 
worked through the years for 
more than 40 nonprofit 
I organizations in her city of 
: residence and beyond. She 
earned the highest national 
recognition for volunteer serv- 
ice in American Red Cross — 
^:' the Harriman Award — and 
^x*^ was selected as Humanitarian of 
the Year by United Way in 
n 1951 Columbia, among countless awards. 
Her loyalty, love, and dedication to 
Mary Baldwin College have been steady and 
instrumental. Berry was president of the 
Mary Baldwin College Alumnae/i 
Association from 1960 to 1962. She accept- 
ed a position on the college's Advisory 
Board of Visitors in 1973, and in 1976 she 
became an MBC trustee, a position she held 
until last year and will resume in July 2006. 
In 1982, she was honored for her distin- 
guished service to alumnae with the Emily 
Smith Medallion, and she received the 
Sesquicentennial Medallion in 1992. She 
used her considerable fundraising skills as a 
volunteer in Mary Baldwin's New 
Dimensions Campaign and Sesquicentennial 
Campaign, and was co-chair of the record- 
ing-breaking Leadership Initiative. 

She came happily — which seems her 
constant state of being — to share her views 
about civic engagement on Commencement 
Day 2006. To those who know her, 
Charlotte Marshall Jackson Lunsford Berry, 
mother, grandmother, wife, humanitarian, 
philanthropist, is the very definition of civic 

"I am delighted to be speaking on this 
topic. It lends itself to so many avenues and 
opportunities for graduates, all students, 
and, frankly, each of us," she said. 

It may be irony or simple coincidence, 
but many people must be happy Berry did 
not take literally the message of her 
Commencement speaker in 1951. At that 
ceremony. Marten ten Hoor, dean at 
University of Alabama, urged students to 
focus on self-improvement before helping 
others, or "education for privacy," as he 
referred to it. 

Gracefully, gratefully, and ever full of 
charm, Charlotte Marshall Jackson 
Lunsford Berry has made selfless actions one 
of the highest forms of self-improvement. ▲ 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Senior World: 1951 


▲ mid-calf-length skirt in solid or plaid 

▲ sweater set or tailored jacket 

▲ loafers and ankle socks 

▲ pearls 

▲ "Bob" hairstyle, one of several versions from "shin- 
gle" to "charm," as advertised by Osborne's Beauty 
Salon in the 1951 yearbook 

▲ Class Colors; 1951 - green and white; 1952 - purple 
and gold; 1953 - lavender and white; 1954 - scarlet 
and gold 

▲ datebook entries might include: Book Tea at the 
library, performance by the college's Barter Players, 
Student Government Association elections, Apple 
Day, party at "The Club" for bridge and card games. 
Commencement Pageant 

▲ Friday night movie: American in Pans at the brand- 
new Visulite Theatre 

▲ de rigueur: weekly chapel service 

▲ could have been a member of (on-campus clubs): 
YWCA, The Bluestocking yearbook, Monogram Club, 
Dolphin Club, Campus Comments student newspa- 
per. Curtain Callers, Glee Club 

Senior World: 2006 


▲ jeans, capri pants, or long peasant skirt 

▲ T-shirt or tank top 

▲ flip-flops, kitten heels 

A pearls (in irregular shapes, sizes, and colors) or silver 

▲ anything-goes hairstyles — from straight with blond 
highlights to ultra-short and spiky 

▲ Class Colors: 2006 - scarlet and gold; 2007 - green 
and white; 2008 - purple and gold; 2009 - lavender 
and white 

▲ datebook entries might include: Signature Ball, 
Combat Bash, comedian in the Nuthouse, Apple 
Day, Hunger Banquet, Spring Fling 

▲ Friday night movie: Brokebacl< Mountain at the 
recently re-opened Visulite Theatre 

▲ could be a member of (on-campus clubs): Baldwin 
Program Board, Caribbean Student Association, 
T/ie Bluestocking yearbook, College Democrats or 
College Republicans, Colleges Against Cancer, 
Campus Comments student newspaper, COSMOS 
International Club 

Spring 2006 

Ceremonies Surrounding 


Speakers: Alumna Tamika Jones Call and Graduating Senior Nakita Hanson 

This ceremony is considered a rite of passage for graduating seniors who are women of 
color and have demonstrated exceptional commitment to multicultural campus life. Each 
receives a kente stole handwoven in Africa. This year's speaker was Tamika Jones Call, who 
received her undergraduate degree from MBC in 2004 and her master of arts in teaching 
from MBC this year. Her topic was: Challenge. Nakita Hanson '06, delivered a response. 
Awards were also presented: 


Johnlce Hill of Hampton, Virginia 

For being a friend to students of color as well as acting as a mentor/partner 


Lanae Hawkins of Hampton, Virginia 

For excelling and soaring in the face of challenge 


Maize Jacobs-Brichford of Connersville, Indiana 

For being a voice for justice and advocacy 


Nakita Hanson of Baltimore, Maryland 

For high scholastic achievement and engagement in the multicultural student program 

Phi Beta Kappa 

Speaker: Tracey Cote Allen '89 

Mary Baldwin College is one of only a small percentage of colleges to shelter a chapter of 
Phi Beta Kappa, widely considered the most prestigious of academic honor societies. For 
the annual initiation and reception during Commencement Weekend, guests heard from 
Tracey Allen '89, an economics major and member of the MBC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. 
New initiates: 

Jenny Chen Cara Magolda 

Angela Correveau (ADP) Denise Michael 

Amanda Fedde Sarah Outterson 

Nakita Hanson Amanda Simon 

Randi Huo Samantha Sprole 

Maize Jacobs-Brichford Tromila Wheat 

Amy Jordan Stephanie Willis (ADP) 

VWIL Commissioning Ceremony 

Over 40 percent of VWIL graduates accept a commission in the armed forces to serve in the 
Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. The commissioning ceremony represents 
the culmination of four years of academic and physical work as students are officially recog- 
nized as new members in the armed forces. Dozens gathered to witness cadets receive 
their commissions May 20 on Page Terrace. 

VWIL Change of Command Review 

The achievements of Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership graduates were saluted as 
they passed their sabers to next year's seniors. The event took place on the marching field 
May 20 and included a full parade by the nation's only all-female cadet corps and the 
MBCA/WIL Band, which includes cadets and non-cadet students. 

Charlotte Berry '51 L.H.D. 

One of the highlights of Commencement 
2006 was the awarding of a Doctor of 
Humane Letters to speaker Charlotte 
Jackson Berry '51. With honorary degrees 
given only rarely at Mary Baldwin, Berry 
is in good company with the most recent 
recipients Dame Judi Dench, renowned 
British screen and stage actress, and 
Claire "Yum" Lewis Arnold '69, former 
chair of board of trustees at MBC and a 
prominent businesswoman. Mary 
Baldwin College salutes you, Charlotte 
Berry '51 L.H.D. {honoris causaW 

FYLThe first honorary doctorate was 
awarded in the 1470s to Lionel Woodville 
by the University of Oxford. He would go 
on to become Bishop of Salisbury. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Mary Baldwin College creates a new campus master plan: 
Transforming Our Environment 1842-2042. 

'Where the search foi 

As Mary Baldwin College Is Now 

Mary Baldwin's history began in 1842 when Rufus 
Bailey opened the doors of Augusta Female 
Senninary. The foundation of the institution's 
campus was set in the summer months of 
1844 with construction of the 
Administration Building. Its elegant 
Greek Revival style set an enduring 
architectural tone and, then to now, it 
has served as the heart and 
center of MBC history 
and tradition. This map 
reveals the Mary Baldwin 
College of today, as it has 
grown from that first build- 
ing over a period of 162 years 

Spring 2006 

Learning beckons' 

\^^ "A line from the Mary Baldwin College Hymn, written by Gordon Page 

As Mary Baldwin College Co 

As Mary Baldwin looks toward its bicenten 
in 2042, the college must create its futu 
strategy for transformation of the college 
the students, and the campus was 
designed and named 
Composing Our Future. That 
plan is well under way with 
the rollout of the MBC 
Advantage for students set 
for fall 2006, and consistent 
progress on all other initatives. 
We asked Phillip Renfrew and 
John Wittmann of Geier Brown 
Renfrew Architects to help us 
envision a campus that "fit" our 
history and tradition on "these 
hills where beauty dwells*" 
This map illustrates a compelling 
vision for transforming our cam- 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 31 

Vision of a 
Connected Campus 
Guides Master Plan 

Mary Baldwin College's vision 
of a transformed environ- 
ment — one that balances 
practical realities with a compelling 
vision of the future — is here, in the 
form of a campus master plan. In the 
days and weeks ahead, more people will 
learn about the intricacies of the plan, 
which is intended to carry MBC 
through its bicentennial in 2042. And 
members of the Mary Baldwin commu- 
nity — alumnae/i, faculty, staff, and stu- 
dents — will be its ambassadors, each 
equipped with a blend of facts, personal 
experiences, and visionary ideas. 
Explaining this rich, comprehensive 
plan will require concentration, but it 
will also be motivating. 

Information about the plan. 
Transforming Our Environment 
1842-2042, has emerged from several 
sources. The MBC Board of Trustees 
endorsed the plan, with minor 
changes, in February. The complete 
plan was added to the MBC Web site 
March 6, and can be viewed at 
plan06.asp. Authored by Phillip Renfrow 
and John Wittmann of Geier Brown 
Renfrow Architects based on months of 
consultation with college personnel, it is 
visually appealing, well-structured, and, 
at 38 pages, fairly concise. 

Yes, the document is written. But 
the process of transforming the campus 
has barely begun. As is made clear in 
the document itself, "there is a great 
deal of work ahead." The college now 
has a guide for creating a physical envi- 
ronment that will support academic, 
social, and spiritual goals. The plan is 
bold, but not so staggering that it is 
unreachable, even if the final product 

does not end up mirroring the proposal. 

"One of the campus master plan's 
strengths is that it is in keeping with 
Mary Baldwin College's character. As 
the college's goals and funding change 
and evolve, the master plan will be re- 
evaluated along the way," said MBC 
President Pamela Fox. "Discussion with 
faculty, staff, students, and MBC advi- 
sory groups went into creating the plan, 
and we will all be called on again to 
make it a realit)'." 

An Environment to 
Match Our Strategy 

Before discussing the plan in more 
detail, it is helpful to understand how 
this plan fits Mary Baldwin. The blue- 
print for physical changes to the college 
is inseparable from the college's strate- 
gic plan, Composing Our Future, 
unveiled in fall 2004. While the strate- 
gic initiative Renew Our Environment 
has an obvious connection to the physi- 
cal environment, all five initiatives are 
central to the campus master plan. 
Revisiting the other four outlines some 
of the renovations, new buildings, and 
site features that are proposed. 

: Make personal transformation 
a priority 

The campus master plan helps the 
college achieve this initiative 
through a connected series of gar- 
dens, lawns, and paths creating a 
more pedestrian-focused campus 
and providing small, private spaces 
for reflection and study. An athletics 
and wellness center encourages 
physical health. Highlighting the 
symbolic and sacred stature of 

Cannon Hill and the Hunt cupola 
fosters connection to the college's 
history and traditions. 

El Enhance academic excellence 

New classrooms in the current 
Student Activities Center building, 
proposed renovations to Deming 
Fine Arts Center, and the construc- 
tion or acquisition of a performing 
arts center will expand academic 
space and offer specialized work and 
showcase areas. 

■ Unite and enrich our community 

Campus entrances become more vis- 
ible and accessible, inviting commu- 
nity participation in college events. 
The centerpiece of the plan is a stu- 
dent activities core — anchored by a 
sizeable campus green, a multi-pur- 
pose student activities center, and an 
addition at the back of Hunt Dining 
Hall — providing space for gather- 
ing and interaction. 

^1 Fund our future 

Outstanding facilities and campus 
environment are of vital importance 
to help fulfill the measures that 
define success in the strategic plan 
— to recruit selectively and retain 
extensively. The visionary concepts 
in this plan will also enable the col- 
lege to attract financial support to 
secure its future. 

Proposed new construction and dra- 
matic landscaping are undeniably 
alluring components of the plan, but 
President Fox cautions that continuing 
smaller, incremental changes — like 
those made in summer 2005 — will help 

Spring 2006 

the college reach its goals, too. 
"To accomplish this large trans- 
formation, we have to keep our 
eyes on the smaller projects," she 
said. Fox and the architects 
emphasize maximizing the poten- 
tial of existing buildings and out- 
door spaces before planning 
large-scale construction. A few 
suggestions for modest short- 
term improvements include a 
cafe in the greenhouse attached 
to Pearce Science Center, a 
library reading terrace, and 
upgrades to Spencer and 
Woodson residence halls. 

One Vision, 

A Unified Campus 

One overarching purpose emerges 
from the history, diagrams, and 
suggestions that fill the pages of 
the campus master plan — to 
physically connect the segmented 
MBC grounds. "What you have 
currently looks, on paper, like 
two distinct campuses separated 
by an expanse of roads and park- 
ing lots," Wittmann said, 
explaining the plan to MBC con- 
stituents last fall. Looking more 
closely, the college has four areas 
— historic campus, Cannon Hill, 
upper campus, and athletic cam- 
pus — that need to be united to func- 
tion as one, the plan states. 

"Creating a unified campus will 
support personal transformation within 
an inclusive community," Dr. Fox said. 

Some of the plan's proposed proj- 
ects accomplish unification on a physi- 
cal level. Parking lots will be relocated 
to the campus perimeter (with a net 
increase of 30 spaces). Walking paths 
will replace some roads, and roads will 
be added in other areas. A campus 
loop trail will encircle an area from the 
back of Hunt Dining Hall to the far 
end of the soccer field. As improve- 
ments are made to existing facilities 
and new ones are built, they will be 

Existing Campus Districts 



made accessible in accordance with 
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

Other changes will create a mental 
feeling of connectedness. Relocating 
some classrooms to upper campus in 
the Student Activities Center (the old 
Staunton Military Academy Mess 
Hall) will encourage travel from one 
section to another as part of students' 
routines. Green space, trees, and gar- 
dens between upper and lower campus 
will make the journey more inviting. 
More centers for activity and student 
housing will enliven the area outside 
the historic campus district. 
Elevation changes will be minimized 
as much as possible. 

Phase III of the campus master plan 
is already underway. It includes the 
development of more detailed vignettes 
and conceptual drawings of specific 
buildings and landscape areas. There 
will also be further study of the feasi- 
bility of various options for spaces for 
the performing and visual arts. This 
work will help the college prioritize 
projects and develop a strategy for 

Undoubtedly, questions will be 
raised, and some will have to remain 
unanswered for the present. In the 
meantime, the campus master plan pro- 
vides the details that the college commu- 
nity needs in order to say: "Just watch 
— this campus will be transformed." 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


A new campus master plan has been announced. The first drawings are printed — outlining what is and 
what could be. It is clear the plan has evolved in sync with the strategic plan, Composing Our Future. The 
next steps require a return to the proverbial drawing board: priorities must be defined, timetables estab- 
lished, projects refined, costs determined, and funds must be in hand before we proceed with each project 
... all of which lead to questions, lots of questions. Among the college community's first questions were: 

■ What principles will guide these processes? 

■ What project(s) may be done first? 

■ What major change might students most enjoy? 

■ What is the most spectacular change identified in the plan? 

What Principles Will 
Guide Decisions for the 
Campus Master Plan? 

Embedded in the campus master plan is a 
theme that repeats: "The Mary Baldwin 
College Campus Master Plan must bal- 
ance practical realities with a compelling 
vision of the future." The plan is intend- 
ed as a vision that will guide the college 
community's ongoing discussion about 
the hjture development of the campus. 
The plan complements the strategic plan, 
Composing Our Future, which proposes 
five strategic initiatives: 

15 Make Personal Transformation 
a Priority 

■ Enhance Academic Excellence 

■ Unite and Enrich Our Community 

■ Renew Our Environment 

■ Fund Our Future 

At first glance, the campus master plan 
fits neatly into the initiative to Renew 
Our Environment, but looking deeper, 
one can see how the campus master 
plan is critical to achieving all five of 
the strategic plan's mandates. In fact, 
the campus master plan's stated vision 
is: "To transform our environment, cre- 
ate a unified campus to support per- 
sonal transformation within an inclu- 
sive community." 

The text of the campus master plan 
also states: "In developing campus envi- 
ronments, we seek to compose them in 
their own time and their own place." 
These principles will guide the process 
of campus transformation over the next 
40 years: 

H Instill Pride 

The strategic plan sets the goal to 
reduce or eliminate deferred mainte- 
nance. It is clear that the physical con- 
dition of the campus has an impact on 
overall morale. This goes beyond the 
appearance of the buildings and 
grounds. It involves ongoing frustration 
with the limitations imposed by existing 
facihties on academic, cultural, commu- 
nity, and wellness programming. 

m Defrag MBC CommunitY 

While much of the campus exists in the 
small close-knit environment of the his- 
toric campus, certain groups and func- 
tions are isolated and remote. There are 
also few places and few opportunities 
where all campus constituencies can 
come together as a single unit. The cam- 
pus needs to offer and encourage greater 
opportunity for casual interactions as 
well as planned community events. 

■ Accommodate Growth 

The strategic plan calls for growth in 
both the Residential College for Women 
(RCW) and the Adult Degree Program 
(ADP). Adequate facility resources need 
to be provided to support this growth. 
There is a general consensus on campus 
that an improved physical environment 
will assist in recruitment and retention 
of students. 

m Preserve Intimacy 

The strategic plan identifies personal 
interaction among faculty, staff, and 
students as one of the college's core 
strengths. On the existing campus, there 
are numerous interior and exterior 
places that embody this strength. The 
campus needs to reinforce this sense of 
a personalized education experience. 

a Make Connections 

Mary Baldwin College needs to be an 
integral component of the Staunton 
community. The campus needs to offer 
and encourage greater opportunity for 
the Staunton community to take advan- 
tage of MBC as a social, cultural, and 
intellectual resource. The campus also 
needs to better connect to the regional 
and global higher education community. 

Spring 2006 

What's First? 

IMAGINE. You are a student return- 
ing to Mary Baldwin College in the fall. 
The leaves have not yet begun to turn 
colors; the weather is still summertime- 
warm. There it is: you see the campus 
on the hillside, surrounded by the grand 
vistas you often take for granted during 
the academic year — but now, not hav- 
ing seen them for several months, your 
eyes roam the horizon, taking in the 
Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains 
that border the beautiful Shenandoah 
Valley. Your car pulls into the parking 
lot closest to the residence hall you will 
call home this year. If you are like most 
Baldwin women, your favorite part of 
returning each fall is seeing friends 
again. You've done this before; you 
won't spend much time unpacking — at 
least not now. You're out the door, 
meeting friends, checking out your old, 
familiar campus. But wait . . . something 
has changed. 

While you were away, the staff of 
the college was making some exciting 
changes on campus. It doesn't take 
long for news to travel about a new 
place to hang out at Pearce Science 

Center. The long-underused former 
greenhouse has been transformed 
into a coffeehouse. The Greenhouse 
Cafe, and is now another great place 
for making connections — meeting 
with friends, talking informally with 
faculty members, reading something 
that transports you while you sip a 
cup of coffee. 

If you are a new student (freshmen 
or transfer student), you will feel at 
home from the moment you open the 
car door in the parking lot, greeted, as 
you will be, by the genuinely friendly 
orientation student committee mem- 
bers ready to help you move in. The 
people, the campus, the city, college 
life — everything is new. But not for 
long. You don't have time to ponder 
anything because the orientation team 
has plans for you and a jam-packed 
schedule: campus tours, a performance 
at world-renowned Blackfriars 
Playhouse in Staunton as well as other 
special events, meetings with your 
advisors and mentors, all in the com- 
pany of other new students — first 
friendships in the making. What you 
will soon learn is that this creative ori- 
entation is just the beginning. You 
now have at your disposal the Mary 
Baldwin College Advantage, which is 

outlined in Composing Our Future. 

Returning students, in the act of 
helping freshmen move in, note real 
changes in the freshmen residence 
halls, Woodson and Spencer. Check 
out the newly painted interior. Love 
the new furniture in the lounges. 

As a student, faculty or staff mem- 
ber, alumna/us, or friend at Mary 
Baldwin in years to come, you may see 
changes inspired by the new campus 
master plan like a Greenhouse Cafe or 
a reading room on the outdoor terrace 
of Grafton Library. Or you might see 
surveyors on campus mapping out the 
netv walking trail that will loop and 
connect the campus. Don't be surprised 
if some of the administrative office 
locations changed; that may be part of 
the necessary domino-effect, i.e. this 
must move before that can be built. 
Year by year, you will see ongoing and 
necessary upgrades to technology (a 
security system in the library, new 
equipment in classrooms), facilities 
(paint, column repair, stairwell 
improvements) and more. All changes 
that must be funded. 

Whatever the first changes you 
note on campus, they all lead us into 
the college's future, headed for the 
bicentennial itt 2042. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

What Might Be the Students' 
Favorite New Feature on Campus? 

36 Spring 2006 

IMAGINE. You are back to Mary 
Baldwin College after Spring Break. 
Everyone's face reflects the quiet joy of 
a new season arriving. It is spring in 
Staunton. The trees are budding, the 
flowering bulbs peek above ground, 
and lawn mowers roar to life again. It 
is natural to head to the new Student 
Life Core (see magazine cover) to see 
your friends and find out what's hap- 
pening on campus. What a difference 
the Student Life Core has made in unit- 
ing what once seemed like four distinct 

From the front entrance of Hunt 
Dining Hall, you can look out onto 
several of Mary Baldwin College's sig- 
nature buildings, a manicured expanse 
of lawn, and into the heart of the city 
of Staunton. In previous years, few 
things were picturesque about the view 
from the back of Hunt. The campus 
master plan changed that. 

Creating a central area for student 
life — including social activities, din- 
ing, offices for student organizations 
and services, and student life staff — 
was a priority. The college started with 
smaller projects (re-use of existing 
space and landscaping) before complet- 
ing the master plan's vision of a stu- 
dent life core with the funding made 
possible through generous supporters. 
The power of those gifts allowed the 
college to create: 

A Campus Green: At the pedestri- 
an crossroads of campus, a circular 
courtyard replaces the road that cut 
through the center of campus and the 
parking lots once behind Hunt. The 
space is now designed for pedestrians, 
outdoor activities, and is surrounded 
by student life functions. 

An expanded Hunt Dining Hall: 
Now a 10,000-square-foot, two-story 
wing has been added at the back of the 
building, facing the Campus Green. On 

one level, a new kitchen was added and 
the old kitchen became a food court. 
The upper (mezzanine) level features a 
new entrance to the building from the 
Campus Green and includes space for 
student functions. An elevator provides 
access to the entire building. 

A restored Rose Terrace: Offices 
for the dean of students, student life, 
residence life, and multicultural affairs 
were relocated here, after restoration of 
this historic building in the heart of the 
student life core. 

A new use for Little House: 
An office and meeting space for the 
Student Government Association now 
reside in historic Little House (once the 
guest inn for young men visiting stu- 
dents on campus, among other uses). 

A reorganized Wenger: Chapel 
and Registrar's Office stayed where 
they were. Computer and language labs 
were moved to SAC, once it was con- 
verted to academic space. Computer 
Information Systems (CIS) moved to 
the vacated lab spaces, and student 
support services now occupy the old 
CIS space. Student services include the 
Career Center, Writing Center, and 
Learning Skills Center. The college 
chaplain, international program, and 
honors program are now conveniently 
housed in Wenger as well. 

A new Student Activity Center: 
It was part of the long-term plan, but 
with donations that came in record 
amounts and in such a short time, the 
college constructed a 40,000-square- 
foot student center to the back and 
right of Hunt. The multi-function 
building houses the college bookstore, 
meeting and office space for student 
clubs, general meeting rooms, student 
commons, recreation and lounge 
space, and a larger chapel. It is now 
the very heart and soul of a unified 
student life core. 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

What About 

If the road that now climbs 
through the middle of upper and 
lower campus is eliminated, 
along with the student parking 
areas (known as Sky I and II), in 
favor of landscaped pedestrian 
walkways and gathering spaces: 
"Where will we park?" ask 
many current students. 

The new campus master 
plan reveals that new parking 
will surround Cannon 
Hill and the new walk- 
ing loop, which will 
extend from Hunt 
Dining Hall and unite 
all four current cam- 
puses. Net result of 
parking changes? There 
will be 30 more spaces 
than are currently avail- 
able, and in more acces- 
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Wellness and Athletics Center 

IMAGINE. Year by year, parents, 
alumnae/i, students, and faculty grew 
ever more supportive of Mary Baldwin's 
expanding athletics program, attending 
NCAA Division III basketball games 
even while still in the aging Physical 
Activities Center, and watching soccer 
and Softball games on the fields. They 
cheered the sportswomen on the tennis 
court outside and the volleyball court 
inside. Now, with the completion of the 
Athletic and Wellness Center, people in 
the community surrounding the college 
have increasingly joined in to cheer on 
student teams. 

The new 70,000-square-foot facility 
features a competition court with seats 
for 400 and a swimming pool on the 
lower level. The fitness center is second 
to none, as is the aerobics and dance 
room, which is near the free-weight 
training room, and one floor away from 
classrooms. The college has never 
before had enough room for those 
things, as well as team rooms, locker 
rooms, offices, and all-important stor- 
age space in a single building. 

Wellness, a key initiative in the 
Mary Baldwin College Advantage, has 
found a headquarters in the new facili- 
ty. All MBC students come to the 
Athletic and Wellness Center for class- 

es, seminars, and special project work 
in areas of personal wellness — nutri- 
tion, stress management, support 
groups, yoga, tai chi, and introductions 
to a range of fitness options (swim- 
ming, cardio, free weights, dancing, 
and a recreational indoor track). All in 
all, the spectacular new facility has 
taken center stage. 

The new center now offers much- 
needed space as a rain location for 
important ceremonies like Charter Day, 
Founders Day, alumnae/i Reunion activ- 
ities — even Apple Day (bobbing for 
apples takes on new meaning with a 
swimming pool). The community has 
found many uses for the facility's meet- 
ing spaces as well, and the college's 
Board of Trustees particularly likes 
meeting on center court. 

The Virginia Women's Institute for 
Leadership — still the only all-female 
corps of cadets in the nation — has built 
a large cheering section within the MBC 
community, whether they parade on the 
field or inside the new center, meet 
national dignitaries or the media. Those 
6 a.m. winter drills and parade practice 
are a bit less rigorous when conducted 
indoors. Cadets are a constant presence 
in the athletic and wellness center; train- 
ing and staying fit enables them to ace 

their physical requirements. 

Spectacular facilities take special 
funding. It took every member of every 
one of Mary Baldwin's constituencies to 
raise this roof. But that was true for 
every step, every brick, every can of 
paint, every repaired column and 
restored residence hall described in the 
campus master plan created in 2006 and 
now completed. In the end, the best out- 
come of the campus master plan may be 
the bond that will exist forever among 
the friends and supporters of Mary 
Baldwin College for the difference they 
made in bringing the plan to life. ▲ 

The written pieces in this section about 
the new campus master plan were 
developed and conceived by Editor and 
Assistant Editor Carol Larson and 
Dawn Medley. Some of the material 
and all the drawings were taken from 
the document, Transforming Our 
Environment 1842 -2042. To view the 
campus master plan in its entirety, 
please visit online at 
terplanOS.asp For more information 
about how you can participate in the 
funding of the campus master plan 
projects, please contact Gerry Grim 
online at or by phone 
at 540-887-7012. 

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We spoke with Ann Gordon Abbott Evans '65, outgoing preside7it of the 
Mary Baldwin College Alumnae/i Association just after Reunion 2006. 
Her term has been eventful, almost revolutionary in changes and progress. 
She officially passes her gavel to the next president July 1, 2006. 




Ann Gordon Abbott 

Evans '65 in 



Kellie Warner '90, president 
Dorian Al<ernrian '92, vice president 
Susan Powell Leister '68, secretary 
Susan Lynch Roberts '81 , treasurer 

Pamela Leigh Anderson '84 
Marylouise Bowman '89 
Nancy Clark Brand ADP '94 
Diahann DeBreaux-Watts '93 
Susan Jennings Denson '62 
Donia Stevens Eley ADP '02 
Ann Truster Faith '69, 

continuing education chair 
Virginia Royster Francisco '64, 

faculty representative 
Helen Radcliffe Gregory '74, 

marketing/sales chair 
Jessie Carr Haden '54 
Heline Cortez Harrison '48 
Charon Wood Hines '95 
Alice Blair Hockenbury '86 
Christina Holstrom '80 
Jennifer Brillhart Kibler '91, 

executive director ex-officio 
Nancy Cohen Locher '50 
Nina Reid Mack '72 
Becky Cannaday Merchant '63 
Kelley Rexroad '79 
Carolyn Gilmer Shaw '60 
Debra Wolfe Shea '77 
Elizabeth Jennings Shupe '70 
Ethel Smeak '53 

JaneTownes '69, nominating chair 
BIythe Slinkard Wells '00 
Valerie Wenger '81 
Erin Marie Baker '07 STARS chair 

Everyone seems to be talking about 
Class Leadership — what is it? 

It offers structure for conducting the con- 
siderable business of our Alumnae/i 
Association. It seeks greater involvement 
and engagement of alumnae/i with leaders 
from each class — president, vice president, 
secretary, and annual fund coordinator — 
who will operate in addition to the existing 
Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors. 

Why do you feel the new structure 
is so important? 

Even as President Fox and the college's 
Board of Trustees led the creation of the 
10-year strategic plan. Composing Our 
Future, it was clear the plan's success 
would be tied to the engagement and sup- 
port of our alumnae/i. The Class 
Leadership Initiative, adopted and fully 
supported by the Alumnae/i Board, is an 
effort to do just that. 

Tell us about the Class Leadership 

In April 2006, a selected group of alumnae 
from the classes celebrating reunions in 
2007 and 2008 were invited to campus for 
extensive updates on all aspects of the col- 
lege. They learned about Class Leadership 
and elected officers for each class. We will 
continue to add classes to the structure 
with each Reunion year. 

Your term ends June 30. What are 
some of the highlights of your 
time in office? 

I would have to say the annual Continuing 
Education Weekend is an important 
opportunity for our alumnae/i. It offers 
alumnae an experience that can only come 
from returning to the college we love. I 
highly recommend that all alumnae/i plan 
to attend the next one, scheduled for 
October 27-29, 2006. 

It has been a joy to work with students 

in STARS (Student Alumnae Relations 
Society). They work hand in hand with the 
Alumnae/i Board on events and sponsor 
activities on campus to increase student 
awareness of our association. 

The planning of the Class Leadership 
Initiative began in January 2005. When 
completed, it will add strength to classes as 
they plan reunions, coordinate local alum- 
nae/i events, and support the Annual Fund. 
I hope each of our alumnae/i will find ways 
to become part of this initiative. 

I have had the pleasure of meeting 
many loyal and dedicated alumnae/i at 
events around the country over the past 
two years. I will always remember them. 

Another highlight has been the sepa- 
ration of Reunion Weekend and 
Commencement for the first time during 
2006. The weather was beautiful, the 
activities varied and lively, and we 
received the full attention of faculty, staff, 
and others. It was great fun to attend cur- 
rent classes with today's students. 

Who is your successor in this 
important role? 

Kellie Warner '90 of Charlotte, North 
Carolina, assumes the presidency. She is a 
talented leader, an accomplished woman, 
and a loyal and devoted alumna to whom I 
offer my congratulations and best wishes 
for 2006-2008. 

Ann Gordon Abbott Evans, we 
thank you for your caring service 
and wonderful leadership. Have you 
anything you would like to add? 

I sincerely thank Dr. Fox, the Alumnae/i 
and Parent Relations staff, and the faculty 
and staff of Mary Baldwin College for their 
support the past two years. I am extremely 
honored to have served as president of the 
Mary Baldwin College Alumnae/i 
Association, and I will treasure the wonder- 
ful friendships made during the past 10 
years of service on the Alumnae/i Board. 

Spnng 2006 







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46 Spring 2006 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 47 

back row (I to r) 
Timothy Kelly 
Kay Hundley Fisher '61 
Mary Ellen Brown '60 
Enn Marie Baker '07 
Charles G. Walker, III. son of 
Sally Cheney Walker '40 

front row (I to r) 
SarahMack Lawson-Brumit '66 
Jessica Rene Baker Brydge '07 
Ann Shaw Miller '54 
Sara Nair James '69 

MBC Awards Outstanding Alumnae at Reunion 

Career Achievement Award 

SarahMack LaWSOn-Bmmit '66 of Banner Elk, North Carolina, 
was recognized for her early work as an English and creative writing teacher, and 
her enthusiastic role as an exercise physiologist. After teaching in Atlanta, 
Georgia for several years, Brumit returned to the classroom in the master's pro- 
gram in exercise physiology at Georgia State University, and changed career 
fields. She worked as an exercise physiologist at Southwind Health Resort — 
where she authored the company's fitness manual — and served as program 
director of Australian Body Works in Georgia. Bnjmit also gave many presenta- 
tions and seminars through her firm. The HealthMaker. She was a representative 
for Georgia to the International Association of Fitness Professionals and was rec- 
ognized by that organization as one of 10 women making a difference in fitness. 

Mary Ellen Brown '60 of Sloomington, Indiana, earned the Career 

Achievement Award for her long tenure as an educator, primarily at Indiana 
University and Indiana State University. Brown earned her master's and doctoral 
degrees at University of Pennsylvania and began her career as assistant profes- 
sor of English at Indiana State University in 1970. She taught folklore, women's 
studies, and English at Indiana University for 30 years and became professor 
emerita upon her retirement in 2003. Brown also served as a visiting tutor at 
Edinburgh University's School of Scottish Studies, and was awarded a 
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2004 and a Fulbright Research Fellowship 
in 1998, among other honors. Brown is the author and editor of several books on 
folklore and Scottish ballads and authors, and she has published dozens of schol- 
arly articles and chapters in books. 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Awards 

Artist and former Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors President Emily 
Wirsing Kelly '63 exemplified tlte Mary Baldwin spirit of leadershiip and thought- 
ful creativity. Kelly passed away in 1985, and her husband, Timothy Kelly, estab- 
lished a leadership award and a student scholarship in her memory through the 

Kelly Foundation. 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Leadership Award 

Sara Nair James 69 of Staunton, Virgima, was acknowledged for many 
years of service in leadership positions at Mary Baldwin College and for her sup- 
port of local educational and arts organizations. James, professor of art history, 
has served on the Honor Scholars Committee, Inaugural Committee for President 
Pamela Fox, and the Educational Policy Committee, among others, since she 
began at Mary Baldwin in 1991. In the local community, James is involved with 
Historic Staunton Foundation, Staunton-Augusta Arts Center, Trinity Episcopal 
Church, and other organizations. She has been an active member of the parents 
councils at the schools and colleges that her children attended. 

Emily Wirsing Kelly Scholarship 

Jessica Rene Baker Brydge '07 of lyndhurst, Wginla, earned this 
scholarship for her commitment to make connections between her studio prac- 
tice, art history, and art criticism as a studio art major with an emphasis in paint- 
ing. Brydge's natural talent as a painter is complemented by her diligent work 
ethic and efforts to meld different disciplines. 

Spring 2006 

Virginia L. Lester Scholarship 

Erin Marie Baker '07 of Roanoke, Virgma, received this scholarship for 
academic excellence and leadership as a Mary Baldwin College student. Baker is 
a member of the Student AlumnaeAi Relations Society, and was recently inducted 
into Omicron Delta Kappa, a prestigious national leadership honor society. The 
award is named for the college's seventh president. 

Service to Church Award 

Ann Shaw Miller '54 of Raleigh, North Carolina, was honored for her 
long and varied service to Tabernacle Baptist Church in Raleigh. Now in her sec- 
ond term as deacon for that church. Miller has also worked with Tabernacle's 
prison death row ministry and homebound ministry, and served as an adult 
Sunday school teacher. Among the roles closest to her heart is her work as 
media director for the church, through which she continues to develop a large 
multi-media collection and was instrumental in creating a 2,800-square-foot 
media library. 

Service to Community Award 

Kay Hundley Fisher '61 of San Francisco, California, was recognized 
for community service efforts that range from raising funds for schools in Africa 
to supporting medical centers and children's organizations around the country 
and the world. Fisher was one of the founders and remains an active member of 
The Rafiki Friends Foundation in California, which supports education and wildlife 
preservation in Africa. Fisher's long history of dedication to helping others also 
led her to establish a battered women's shelter and a program to assist people 
who accompany trauma victims on life flights. She has served with the Junior 
League of San Francisco and Save the Children. Fisher received a national out- 
standing volunteer award in 1975. She was also a member of the MBC Advisory 
Board of Visitors in the 1990s. 

Heather Smith Harvison '93 of Baltimore, Maryland, was lauded for 
her work in founding and directing My Sister's Circle, a nonprofit organization that 
provides intensive academic and social mentoring for middle-school girls. Starting 
with SIX girls in 2000, Harvison founded My Sister's Circle in 2000, which grew to 
30 girls and 50 mentors by 2003, when it was the subject of a feature article in 
Baltimore Magazine. The organization has helped several students obtain full schol- 
arships to private schools. The young women are "being exposed to so many dif- 
ferent activities that they would never otherwise have a chance to do," according 
to Baltimore Principal Irma Johnson. In 2005, Harvison was awarded the 
Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Maryland Mentoring Partnership. 

Emily Smith Medallion 

Sally Cheney Walker '40 was honored posthumously and will be 
remembered for her enthusiastic melding of artistic talents with volunteer service, 
and for her work for the MBC Alumnae/i Office. Walker's love of art, horticulture, 
and community service is clear in a partial list of organizations to which she 
belonged: Garden Club of America, Native Plant Society of Texas, Sunshine 
Cottage School for Deaf Children, and San Antonio Art League. In her later years. 
Walker's abstract paintings were featured in several solo and group shows, and 
she was named San Antonio Art League's Artist of the Year in 2004. She served as 
chair of the MBC alumnae/i chapter in San Antonio and co-chair of her 55th 
reunion in 1995 and was a loyal supporter of MBC. 

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The Grafton Society and Classes of 1957, 1962, 
1967 1972, 1977 1982, 1987 1992, 1997 2002 




Mary Baldwin! 

March 29 -April 1, 2007 

JUDY HANLEN '77 and former MBC roommate JILL BEYMER Stevens '77 

attended Lights of Autumn, a fundraising luncheon by Hospice of Huntington 
WV, which Jill co-chaired. Pictured (I to r): Judy, TV personality Joan Rivers 
(keynote speaker), and Jill. 



MAXINE DUNLAP Mclntyre of Clio 
SC: "I am happy to have become a 
great grandmother to William Mclntyre 
Malambri, who lives nearby in Florence 
SC and was born in April 2005." 



Laurens SC is sad to report the death 
of her husband of 58 years, R Bailey 
Williams, in September 2005 


Williamsport IN: "I am teaching water- 
color painting to private students and 
enjoy my gardening and, so far, good 


DALE PETERS Bryant of Hanover NH: 
"Swimming, studying, teaching, travel- 
ing — this year to Lake Garda, Italy and 
in the UK with an English hostess. 
Watching 10, 1. and 3-year-old great- 
grandchildren with fascination." 


BETTY BAILEY Hall of Austin TX. 
"Good to have news of MBC and old 
friends. Now have six grandchildren and 
five great-grandchildren. Lots of activi- 
ties here but have given up traveling." 

PEARL EPLING Culp of Salt Lake City 
UT misses and loves Virginia and Mary 
Baldwin. She traveled to Switzerland in 
September 2004 and spent the winter 
in Rancho Mirage CA. She is proud of 
the care that Mary Baldwin has been 
given and the improvements it has 


MARTHA SPROUSE Stoops of Cary 
NC: "My husband of 61 years, Robert, 
died in October 2005. I live at Glenaire, 
a retirement community where we've 
lived since 1993." 

EVA VINES Eutsler of Mechanicsville 
VA reports that the top floor of their 
retirement home burnt in February, but 
no one was injured. "The staff did a 
great job." 


Thome of Darien CT: "Bill, my husband 
of 55 years, died in October 2005. He 
was an admirer of the college for many 
years." In mid-February Happy's sister 
MARGARET CLARKE Kirk '48 joined 
her and oldest son Charlie on a 
Caribbean cruise 

MARY HALE Hoe of Middlesboro KY 
has lived at Middlesboro Health Care 
Facility nursing home for seven years. 


BETTIE BARNETT Lombard of Tucson 
AZ: "I'm hoping to be able to get to our 
reunion in 2008. Boy, 60 years! 
Who'd've thought!" 


Little Rock AR: "I'm still missing my life- 
long friend, LEONE "BABE" 
BELLINGRATH Jones '48, who started 
MBC with me in fall 1944. She died in 
December 2004." 


EMILY OGBURN Doak of Greeneville 
TN is active with volunteer work with 
two programs of the American Cancer 
Society, Reach to Recovery, and Look 
Good, Feel Better. 


Fowlkes of Richmond VA reports that 
she is older and "I don't like it!" 

MARY "BETSY" WHITE Richards of 

Boones Mill VA is playing bridge, doing 
church work, and volunteering at a 

hospital. She gets together with 
MARIE MCCLURE Beck '50 in 

Roanoke every two months. 


Charlottesville VA reports that husband 
James passed away in October 2005. 


NANCY EATON Hopkins of Norfolk VA: 
"I am starting to oil paint after 35 years 
and enjoying it," 

JOAN MARTIN Tuckwiller of 

Lewisburg WV: "I serve on the execu- 
tive committee of the West Virginia 
Conference United Methodist Women. I 
am in my ninth year as co-chairman of 
West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage 
with the state's Department of Natural 

BETTY RALSTON Cook of Staunton 
VA: "After 30 years in the same home, 
we moved over the Christmas holiday 
— big mistake. We're happy with our 
new home." 


Statesville NC reports that husband 
Robert died last July. 


Roanoke VA: "My son John is now an 
anaesthesiologist at Lewis Gale 
Hospital in Salem VA, and I have three 
grandchildren nearby. Oldest son. a 
lawyer, works in Munich and daughter 
Kathy teaches at NC State University in 
Raleigh. Harry and I volunteer at church, 
make gardens, and travel." 

JO ANNTHACKER West of Roanoke 
VA: "JOANNE VAMES Stamus '53 and 

I joined the Commonwealth Charities of 
Virginia on a trip to Tuscany in October. 
We also spent three days in Rome. 
What a great trip we had! " 


IDA SUMNER Red of Mid Valley CA: 
"I'm enjoying my new apartment at The 
Redwoods, a retirement community 

across the Golden Gate Bridge from 
San Francisco and in view of Mt. 
Tamalpais. I facilitate a women writers 


ELLEN STICKELL Bare of Waynesboro 
PA: "Enjoying life with three great- 
grandchildren. After the death of a 
grandaughter, they help fill that void. 
Just a question: How did I get so old so 

Thompson of Dallas TX enjoys 15 
grandchildren ranging from two first- 
graders to a freshman at University of 



Yarmouth Port MA sold her house on 
Nantucket and bought a retirement 

DOROTHY HOBBY Travis of Atlanta 
GA: "Moving into an upscale antiques 
shop area in Atlanta. Having specialized 
in 18th and 19th century French 
antiques, I'm back studying up on the 

BETTYE HURT Ingram of Harlan KY: "I 
enjoy church music, civic activities, and 
volunteer work. Even with no grandchil- 
dren we feel blessed beyond measure" 

Williams of Matthews NC and husband 
Pete will celebrate their 50th wedding 
anniversary this year. They have been 
blessed with nine grandchildren. 

MARTHA PARKE Gibian has been liv- 
ing in Prague CZ for 13 years. "We have 
nine grandchildren: five boys and four 
giris, ages 8 - 15" Classmate MARY 
"SUSIE" PRIESTMAN Bryan '56 has 
visited Martha twice 

SALLY SMITH Nation of New Kent VA: 
"Rollin and I are selling the Antique 
Lighthouse to get back to music full 

Spring 2006 



KATHERINE BRANT Manning '90 and family stopped in Jacksonville FL to visit with 
LISA HOLCOMBE Robinson '89 and her family. Pictured (I to r): Lisa with daughter 
Caroline, 22 months, Kathenne's sons Brant, 10, and Will, 12, and Katherine with 
daughter Kacki, 2. 

time — Rollin is a concert pianist. We 
are moving to my parent's home in 

CLARE TROTTI Stepliens of Asheville 
NC and husband Hugh celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary at Chnstmas. 
"We went to Turks and Caicos with our 
children, grandchildren, and special 



Greensboro NC: "I am taking a fitness 
class with CORNELIA "CONNIE" 
DAVIS Doolan '59; I am in a garden 
club with BETSY HUNSUCKER Lane 
'74: and in a study club with ELIZA- 
BETH "LIB" BANNER Hudgins '39 I 
was happy to tell them how beautiful 
the campus looked when we stopped 
on our way home from Maine last 
KENIG Byford and I e-mail" 

ADA LOU WORTH Turner of 

Williamsburg VA: "We have three chil- 
dren and three grandchildren. My oldest 
daughter is a very successful business- 
woman who recently started a consult- 
ing company." 


JANICE GREGORY Belcher of Seaford 
DE has enioyed trips to Idaho to visit a 
long-lost high school friend she had not 
seen In 53 years. 

KAY HUMPHREY Pancake of 

Huntington WV is owner of a real 
estate company, which is celebrating 90 
years in business. She is widowed and 
has four married children and 10 grand- 
children, ages 9 to 17. 

ANN MURFEE Sullivan of Highlands 
NC stays busy as a guardian ad litem 
(child advocate in the courts). Her 
grandaughter graduated from Vanderbilt 
in engineering and chemistry, and 
another grandchild is at Auburn. Ann 
also has twin great-grandsons. 

MARTHA THULIN Leynes-Selbert of 

Powhatan VA: "I now have five grand- 
children, and compete in judged pleas- 
ure trail rides. Last summer at the age 
of 69 (almost) I was able to train and 
nde my young horse for its first time." 


ANN APPERSON Boston of Memphis 
TN has downsized to a new condo. 


SUSAN ELY Ryan of Albuquerque NM 
had two visits with former roomie MAR- 
'61, in New Mexico and in Alabama. 

Hollingshead of Clarksboro NJ enjoyed 
JUDY PAYNE Grey's '65 visit recently 
at LAURA O'HEAR Church's '82 "We 

had a nice visit with FAYE SMITH Peck 

'58, who was recovering from surgery." 

MOLLY MOLITOR of Little Rock AR is 


Charlottesville VA is working at a deco- 
rator/fabric/workroom shop. Daughter 
Stuart IS in Norfolk VA with two chil- 
dren. Son Baylor and family live in 
Charlottesville VA with two children, and 
son Rob IS in Annapolis MD. 

Moore of Corpus ChristiTX: "Jerry and 
I are retired and busy with volunteering 
and traveling. My stepkids and step- 
grandkids are doing well. Went to 
Greece in March with family members. 
Went to Boston last June for MARY 
'61 son in Boston.." 


BARBARA BAGLEY Silvia of Norton 
MA has a son who graduated from law 
school in San Diego and a daughter in 
college. She is running a gift boutique 
with her husband. 

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ASHLEY TRIPPLEHORN '93 married Cory Emerson in September 2005 in Santa Fe 
NM Pictured (I to r): MBC friends SUMMER BROWN Pharr '93, HEATHER SMITH 
Harvison '93, the bride, and KATHRYN SCHIFF '93 Also in attendance: ABBIE 
MULLENTomlin '92 

GARY CALL '02 married Bryan Scliarf in Apnl 2005. Celebrating (I to r) BLAIRE 
HOWLE '01 JENNIFER MCGEE '01, the bride, and NORAH FICK Pence '01 

SUSAN CADLE King of Savannah GA 
and husband Francis welcomed first 
grandchild Frances Flanagan King, the 
daughter of her son Jeffrey and wife 
Jennifer, in 2005. 




Members of the class are planning 
a mini-reunion in the San Francisco 
area during the last weekend of 
April 2007. For info e-mail Honey 

EMILY DETHLOFF Ryan of Houston TX 
announces the April 2005 birth of first 
grandchild Keller Veker Ryan, who lives 
with his family in Chicago. She has trav- 
eled to Oregon, Costa Rica, and 

EMILYTYLER of Browns Summit NC 
gardens, especially with rescued native 
plants following her certification as a 
master gardener. Emily also enjoys bird- 
ing, photography, traveling, and volun- 
teering with United Way and Partners in 
Public Health. 


MOLLY HOLT of Virginia Beach VA 
adopted a child from Russia named 
Dimitn in June 1997. 

MARY KERR Denny of San Antonio TX: 
"In September I went to Cairo, Egypt to 
see my daughter through the birth of 
my first grandchild, Tristan Edward 
Sierra, and spent nearly a month with 
them." In November Mary went on a 
study tour of Saudi Arabi. 


Alpharetta GA and husband Jay are 
enjoying his retirement. They visit their 
three daughters and six grandchildren in 
CO, CT, and NC, and their getaways in 
MA and on the AL Gulf Coast. 

SARA LOU ZACHARY Yarbrough of 

Columbus GA was married to Robert 
Yarbrough in October 2005 and enjoys 
her three grandsons. 



Waynesville NC works as a guidance 
counselor and private consultant for 
school systems. She has three children 
and two grandchildren. 

KAREN COWSERT Pryor of Rochester 
NY; "I retired to share my mom's last 
years living with ALS (Lou Gehrig's 
Disease). She lived long enough to 
greet our first grandchild ... life goes on." 

BETSEY GALLAGHER Satterfield of 

Lewisburg VW and husband Bill are 
enioying daughter MARY "POLLY" 
SATTERFIELD Smith's '92 identical 
twin girls who turned two in January, 
who joined brother Riley Daughter 
Elizabeth has a new baby named Sam. 


Herndon VA and Bert Wright were mar- 
ried in October 2005, a second mar- 
nage for both. Bert has three daughters 
and six grandchildren, DOROTHY 
"DANNIE" BANKER Alderson '66 was 
one of the wedding guests. 

SUZANNE NORFLEET Clarit of Little 
Rock AR: "I stay busy running my com- 
pany SNC Properties L.L.C. I enjoy my 
two grandchildren; Clark, 3, and Anna, 1." 

GLENDA NORRIS George of Vienna VA 
has a beautiful grandson courtesy of 
son Jeff. Daughter Sarah married in 
October 2005. 

CLAIRE STERN Kaufman of St. Louis 
MO and husband Lee are producers of 
two shows on Broadway starring con- 
cert pianist Hershey Felder in George 
Gershwin Alone and Monsieur Chopin. 

ANNETTE TIXIER West of Kinston NC 
is enjoying retirement. She's been reno- 

vating her husband's birthplace, an 
1877 manor house, and getting ready 
for daughter Emily's wedding in June. 

PAMELA WAVELL Clark of Coleman 
GA IS raising horses in SW Georgia. 
She has two daughters in San Diego 
CA and one inJX. Her 3-year-old grand- 
son visited recently for 18 days. She 
visited Argentina and Uruguay last year, 
and enjoys skiing in Colorado. 

NINA WEST Guy of Mathews VA: 
"James and I have four grandchildren, 
ages 7 5, 4, and 2. We volunteer in our 
church and community. I just returned 
from an expedition in Antarctica." 

Ric- -eMARY 

ALICE TOLLEY Goodwin '66 went on a 
church mission to the Dominican 
Republic. "It was a medical mission ... we 
were helpers. It was interesting to people 
we met that Alice and I were roommates 
at Mary Baldwin so long ago." 

ANN YINGLING Schmidt of Silver 
Spring MD was appointed to the 
National Committee of the American 
Guild of English Handbell Ringers as 
music educator editor. 




Louisville KY; "I appraise art and 
antiques. I have three children, one who 
is finishing her PhD in paleo-ethnob- 
otany and will have a book out in 
August on the origins of chocolate. I fin- 
ished my first marathon in Washington 
DC and hope to walk the Camino de 
Santiago in Spain this summer" 

SUSAN MASSIE Johnson of Edinburg 
VA reports that oldest daughter SARAH 
GRACE JOHNSON Dimler '99 married 
in October 2004. Daughter Beth moved 
home in September 2005 to be a 
fundraiser for a local Habitat for 
Humanity, and daughter Margaret grad- 
uates in May from Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College. 


Memphis TN has two grandchildren, 
twins, 3, who live in Arlington VA. 
"Their parents graduated from UVA, so 
I love to visit near MBC!" 

Madrid, Spain: "My first grandchild, 
Pablo, was born in September 2005!" 


Palm Beach FL is active in thorough- 
bred racing in the U.K.. She is a fellow 
of the Duke of Edinburgh's International 
Youth Scheme and benefactor of Prince 
Philip's International Special Projects 
Group. She is planning a visit to the 
Czech Republic with the Earl and 
Countess of Wessex in July. 


ANGIER BROCK Caudle of Richmond 
VA reports that her fourth grandchild 
arrived in July 2005. She is teaching at 
VCU and writing. 

SUSAN CUTLER of Newport News VA 
retired in August 2005 after 28 years in 
the engineering software field. I stay in 
touch \».'*'~' h&ir,...Ari MBC classmates 
"BETSY" NEWMAN Mason '69, and 
LYNN WHITE Cobb '69 


Richmond VA and husband are practic- 
ing law. Daughter Moffett will attend 
College of Charleston in fall 2006, and 
son Sam is in 10th grade. 

stage-managed The Tempest for 
Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis in 
June 2005. She is in her 19th year at 
Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.. 

LINDLEY MOFFETT Small of Atlanta 
GA reports on her three grandsons; 
"Alex, 27 works for Morgan Stanley and 
IS in pursuit of CFP and MBA, Taylor, 25, 
works in marketing for an internet tech 
firm. Stuart, 22, graduated from UVA 

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AIMEE FAVREAU '99 and Carter Dabney celebrated their wedding in August 2005 in Charlotte NC Back 
row (I to r) GRETA WINN Kidd '99, LISA HELFERT Hart '99, NICOLE NAPIER '99, KRISTI BLYER '99, 
TOTTY EDWARDS '99, and SARAHWILSON Clepper '99. Front row (I to r|; KELLY BAUGHAN GREEN 
'00, SUMMER SAUNDERS Milligan '99, the bride, the groom, REBECCA STEVENS Teaff '99, 

KATHLEEN NEVIN '05 married Thomas Shea m January 2006 in 
Baltimore MD Back row (I to r): CHRISTINE "CHRISSY" KELLAS 
'05 Front row (I to r): the bride and ELLESSE FERREOL '05, 

this spring and hopes to attend law 
school. I no longer teach high school 
English but stay busy" 

JUDITH "J." WADE of Atlanta GA 
remembers classmate and great friend 
JOANNE HOFFMAN Jay '70, who had 

an accidental death in May 2005. 
"Those of us who knew and loved her 
miss her wit, great spirit, and mind." 



Norfolk VA received the Public Service 
Award given by Civitan Club of Norfolk 
to the Outstanding Norfolk City 
Employee of the Year in honor of her 
efforts as city historian. 

LYNN KIRKMAN Mackle of Kansas 
City MO earned a second master's 
degree in 2005 in art history and a mas- 
ter's in English at the University of 
Missouri in 2000. She does freelance 
feature-writing for area publications and 
volunteer work for various charities. 

Thomason of Wise VA; "Daughter 
Katie is teaching English in Arizona. Son 
Sean is in the graduate program at USC 
film school. I en|oy teaching language 
arts to fifth graders. Ron is working on 
a novel and a book of poetry." 



Waynesboro VA will retire from 25 
years of teaching this year, 

ANN GILMER Richardson of Roanoke 
VA reports son John, a commercial 
banker, married Jessica Bean in 2005. 
Daughter Blair is a graphic designer. 
Husband Bill sold his company R&R 
Engineenng in July 2005 and she is 
working for an interior design firm. 

BROOKE HUME Pendleton of Atlanta 
GA and husband Bill are now empty 
nesters. "Daughter Corbin left for col- 
lege last fall. I'm active on the board of 
CHRIS Kids and hope to spend more 
time in child advocacy." 


ANN BROWN of Asheville NC works as 
a certified nurse midwife. Daughter 
Sarah is teaching earth science at 
Asheville High School and daughter Kate 
IS a freshman at Warren Wilson College. 

JEAN DITTMAR Hubertus of New 

BraunfelsTX: "I have retired from desk 
to field — driving a tractor and making 
round bales of hay," She will be moving 
to 100 acres in Sequin TX 

Muehlman of Charleston WV has an 
empty nest after 28 years of raising 
kids, "Still teaching, but all three chil- 
dren are in visual or verbal arts!" 


Southern Pines NC: "With the two old- 
est children married, I've semi-retired 
from real estate and teach — my first 
love — at a local high school " 


Brooklyn NY: "Working as a counselor at 
PS36 in Brooklyn Daughter Tiana works 
for Hewlett-Packard and Erika is working 
at Habitat for Humanity building homes 
in Oakland CA through AmeriCorps." 



Manetta GA volunteers at daughter 
Alyson's high school. Alyson was elect- 
ed to "Senior Elite" for academics, 
school and community involvement, 
and character. Deirdre works as an 
insurance underwriter and husband 
Mark is with Kroger Company. 

Wheeler of Norfolk VA works for Bank 
of America and went to Jekyll Island in 
March to visit roommate PATRICIA 
"TRICIA" SMITH Bowman '73 Son 
Jeff IS a student and musician, and 
daughter Jessie is a sophomore at JMU. 


Richmond VA was elected to an initial 
one-year term as the law faculty repre- 
sentative for the Virginia Bar 
Association's Board of Govenors. 

HELEN PLUMMER Lee of Huntsville 
AL IS manager and head librarian at 
Madison Public Library. She and hus- 
band Fred have been married 32 years. 
Daughter Catharine was married in 
May, son Tom received his bachelor's in 
political science from University of 
Alabama, and daughter Annie is married 
and working in Huntsville. 

LOUISE REID Thyson of Vienna VA 
reports that she will be moving to 
Staunton this summer. 



ANN ALLEN Savoy of Eunice l_A and 
the Savoy Family Band performed at 
the National Folk Festival in Richmond 
VA last fall. The band — Ann, husband 
Marc, sons Wilson and Joel, and daugh- 
ter Sarah — celebrates Cajun culture. 
Ann was nominated for a Grammy as 
producer of Evangeline Made, and for 
the Botkin Book Award for her book 
Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People. 

PATTY CHITWOOD of Blacksburg VA is 
still working for Virginia Tech's student 
health services. Daughter Emily is a jun- 
ior at UVA studying architecture, daugh- 
ter Sarah is a sophmore at JMU, and 
youngest child Colin is 16 years old. 

"I became a grandmother in September 
to Michael. I've been divorced since 
1984 and am loving life. Things haven't 
worked out exactly as I had planned but 
that's what makes life exciting." 


New Wilmington PA: "My husband is 
vice president and dean of Westminster 
College where we've both worked for 
years. Daughter Courtney graduated 
from Dickinson College in May 2004 
and works at The Population Institute in 
DC. Daughter Lauren is a sophomore at 
Otterbein College." 

BEVERLY SHENK Coltrane of 

Fishersville VA reports that daughter 
Elizabeth is a sophomore at MBC having 
transferred from Bridgewater College. 



TexarkanaTX is a retired elementary 
and secondary school teacher. Husband 
Stuart is an orthodontist. 

CARROLL BLAIR Keiger of Richmond 
VA works with the boarding department 
at St. Catherine's. "These giris really 
keep me young!" 

PRINCE CARR Norfleet of Richmond 
VA: "At age 52, I finally have pierced ears 
and am computer literate. Daughter 
Margaret graduates from UVA this spring 
and will go to NYC to work in advertising. 
Son Edward enters UVA in the fall. Ed is 
with FRB in Richmond for 35 years. 

JANE FISHER Vagt of Oakton VA 

reports that son Patrick, 21 , graduates 
from UVA this year. Jane recently had 
dinner with MBC roommate SUE 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

A group of Mary Baldwin alumnae enjoyed time together in New York City 
in January 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum to see "Fra Angelico" fol- 
lowed by cocktails at SUSAN PAUL Firestone's '68 SoHo loft, and dinner 
Stephenson '69, SALLY JAMES '69 ana JUDY PAYNE Grey '65 

Several MBC friends enjoyed a get-together in 
Washington DC for a mini-reunion. Back row (I to 
and Katie Stice Front row (I to r): ASHLEY 
BALLEW O'Reilly '04. 

RACHEL EICHENLAUB '00 married Darrell 
Tempieman in October 2005 in Dexter GA. 
Pictured with the bride are bndesmaids and 
classmates MICHELLE VALENTE '00 and 

DIANE HILTON Reed of Randleman NC 
writes that after two years at Mary 
Baldwin she received a BS in public 
health education from UNC. Daughter 
Lauren is a freshman at UNC and son 
Jared is a junior at NC State. 

MD IS a senior intelligence analyst for 
the Department of Defense in Fort 
Meade MD. 


Charleston SC has been program man- 
ager of four children's day-treatment 
programs at the Institute of Psychiatry 
at the Medical University of South 


Arlington VA was featured in a 
December 2005 edition of People 
Magazine in a story called The Gift of 
Life, which documented her work with 
the nonprofit group the International 
Council on Infertility Information 
Dissemination (INCIID), which she co- 
founded in 1994. Last year INCIID 
solicited doctors and drug companies 
for $1.3 million in donated services and 
fertility medications in order to help 

couples get treatments they could not 
otherwise afford. 


Midlothian VA teaches Spanish at a 
community college as her children, 
ages 24, 20, and 19, grow up. "Jen is 
teaching at Clemson University and 
Maggie is a senior planning to pursue 
equine studies. Tom is still searching." 


Mobile AL has an 18-year-old daughter 
at Washington and Lee and a 16-year-old 
son in 10th grade who plays football. 


Sarasota FL: "I am a realtor and also 
serve on two boards — New College 
Library Association and Key Chorale, 
the official chorus of our symphony." 

PAULINE PATTESON of Harrisonburg 
VA displayed a dozen oil paintings in an 
exhibit called "Comers of My World" at 
The Art Gallery at Summit Square in 
Waynesboro VA. She has continued art 
studies at East Tennessee State 

University. Beverley Street Studio in 
Staunton, and at art workshops led by 
internationally known instructors. Her 
work has been in many shows and she 
has received numerous awards in 
recent years. 


FAYE ANDREWS Barr of Virginia Beach 
VA is preparing to move to Maui, where 
husband Charles, a marine biologist/envi- 
ronmental steward, will work for Keep 
America Beautiful and other non-profit 
environmental organizations in Hawaii. 
She hopes to continue pursuing inter- 
ests in horticulture, art, writing, and ani- 
mal welfare. 

DIANE BABRAL of Waynesboro VA and 
GERALD BABRAL '98 ADP announce 
the birth of granddaughter Alison 
Jacqueline Babral born October 2004 to 
David and Knsty Babral. 

VA IS a first grade teacher at Highland 
Elementary School. 


AmarilloTX and husband Gary have a 
son in 9th grade at Woodberry Forest 
School in VA. 


KIM BAKER Glenn of Richmond VA 
graduated in May 2005 from Union- 
PSCE School of Theology earning a 
master's in Christian education. 


AUDREY ANDREWS Odd! of Richmond 
VA: "My oldest daughter is a freshman 
at Virginia Tech and my younger daughter 
is in eighth grade. Husband Steve and I 
own two crane companies." 

IS an IT senior systems analyst with 
WellPoint Inc. She earned project man- 
agement professional designation in 
2004 and business systems analyst cer- 
tification in 2005. She enjoys the beach, 
boating, and catching up with classmate 

KELLY KERSMARKI '02 marned college sweetheart Mark Hall m October 2003 
and is a stay-at-home mom for daughter Dolores Grace born in November 2005. 
MBC friends celebrating (I to r): AMY NUSBAUM '02. DANA WOODS Allen '02, 
KIZLER '05. MEGHAN WARD '04, and the bride (seated). 

JESSAMY "JESS" HOFFMANN '95 married Theodore Garner in Amelia VA :n July 
2005. MBC friends in attendance included (I to r): VALERIE FOWLKES Rafey '97. for- 
mer MBC staff member Kathryn Buzzoni, the bnde. and AMY HALL Pulaski '96. The 
couple resides in Spotsylvania VA. 

Spnng 2006 

TIFFANY MARTIN '99 .ved Capt St. 
in August 2005 in Gaithersburg Mb *jj j I ) 
Bottom row (I to r): JENNIFER LORDAN '99, the 
bride, and MICHAL ZIVAN Coffey '99 

1st LT Kyle Bair in August 2005 while at home on 
leave. She is currently serving in Iraq with the US. 
Army Celebrating (I to r): the bnde, sister DEBORAH 
DURBIN '07, mother LINDA MITE Durbin '69, and 
maid of honor KELLY KERSMARKI Hall '02 

ERIN BALLEW '04 married 2nd LT Egan O'Reilly in 
September 2005 in Gloucester VA. Back row (I to rl: 
FABER '04, the bride, SARAH CERRI Cowherd '03 
Front row (I to r| VICTORIA TENBROECK '05, ASHLEY 
KIZLER '05, the groom, JENNIFER CARMAN Lovell 
'04, and JORDAN ARMSTRONG '04 

KATIE PIERSON Colden of Grand Blanc 
Ml: "I am a realtor with Keller Williams 
Realty. Husband Damian is busy with his 
engineering company. Daughter 
Kathenne graduated last May from 
Butler University and was expecting a 
baby May 2006. Daughter Rachael is a 
sophomore in nursing at St. Mary's 
Notre Dame." 


TAMARA CORELL lives in Melbourne 
Beach FL with husband Steven and 
works as a State Farm agent. 

JAMIE LINDLER of New Orleans LA sur- 
vived Katrina and is mediating insurance 
disputes in the Gulf Coast related to the 


earned a PhD in 2003 in Spanish and is 
working on Perversions of Romance, a 
book to be publised this year 

RUTH DOUMLELE of Midlothian VA 
received her MLA from the University of 
Richmond in 2002. She has been writing 
about southern women 1780-1830 and 
historical places in Richmond. 


MELINDA CAIN of Dallas TX went on 
three cruises and several weekend trips. 
She has two dogs named Bravo and 


ROBERTA BALDWIN Webb of Accomac 
VA is working in marketing and has 
earned fitness certifications. She is 
teaching step, weight-lifting, resistaball, 
and more. Her family is doing well; Zach 
is 6 and Luke is 3. 



SARA LOU ZACHARY '65 to Robert Spence Yarbrough, October 9, 2005 

ESTHER JOHNSON '66 to Bert Wright, October 1, 2005 

TERESA "RE" PLANK '86 to Michael Jago, October 31, 2005 

ASHLEY TRIPPLEHORN '93 to Cory Emerson, September 3, 2005 

ALICIA HAWKS '94 to Matthew Keeler, November 26, 2005 

JESSAMY "JESS" HOFFMANN '95 to Theodore Waher Garner, July 16, 2005 

JENNIFER HOPKINS '96 to Charles "Craig" Rittling, April 16, 2005 

ANNA WITT '96 to R Scott Reed, June 18, 2005 

FRANCESCA RUSK '97 to Sean Wallace September 24, 2005 

TIFFANY MARTIN '99 to Capt. Steven Arthur Brown, August 6, 2005 

MELISSA GREY '99 to Brian Mesko, October 9, 2004 

AIMEE FAVREAU '99 to Carter Dabney, August 13, 2005 

CHARLYNDA KELLY '00 to Hans Ellison, October 15, 2005 

RACHEL EICHENLAUB '00 to Darrell Templeman, October 15, 2005 

ELIZABETH "BESS" SCHULTZ '01 to Paul Flick, October 2005 

MOLLY MAHONEY '02 to Phillip Griffin, January 21, 2006 

DELAINE PERRY '02 to Alex Kaplan, October 15, 2005 

GARY CALL '02 to Bryan Scharf, April 2005 

KRISTIN WILSON '02 to Sean Smith, October 2004 

JESSICA DURBIN '02 to 1st Lt Kyle Patrick Bair, August 8, 2005 

KELLY KERSMARKI '02 to Mark Hall, October 2003 

CARMEN ROBERTSON '03 to Chistopher Dwayne Jones, July 2, 2005 

ERIN BALLEW '04 to 2nd Lt Egan O'Reilly, September 3, 2005 

JENNIFER WUEST '05 to Jeff Wilcox, September 30, 2005 

KATHLEEN NEVIN '05 to Thomas Shea, January 21, 2006 

BALLU BANGURA LEE '05 to Caleb Lee III, August 2004 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Real-Life Version of Beat the Clock 

The need is real. The time is short. 

Your Annual Giving contributions have direct impact on 
the lives of every student, every day by keeping tuition 
down, providing scholarship assistance, conducting criti- 
cal renovation and landscape maintenance for our his- 
toric campus — and so much more! 

No question that we are grateful to each of you who've 
sent your annual gift already. We are truly counting on 
the rest of you to do what you can in support of this 
notable college and the transformative education it offers 
all students. 

Time flies — we are counting days (not weeks and 
months) until this Giving year ends — June 30, 2006. 
We can Beat the Clock, with your gift! 

Goal for Annual Giving 2005-06 — $1.3 million 
Dollars received as of May 25, 2006 — $893,028 

Goal for alumnae/i participation — 33 /o 
Participation as of May 25, 2006 — 27% 

All students benefit from your gift! 
Call 540-887-7011 to make your gift. 



Summers of Columbia SC: "Last May I 
attended the funeral of our classmate 
HATCH '85 also attended. Couaney 
loved her time at Mary Baldwin and will 
be missed by all who knew and loved 

Robinson of Mount Airy NC: She 
recently moved to NC with husband 
Joe and son Harrison, 8, where she 
became president of the Greater Mount 
Airy Chamber of Commerce.This is 
home to many MBC alumnae who have 
made me feel welcome." 


KAROL SVINDLAND Derflinger of 

Front Royal VA and husband Mark will 
have been married 20 years this year. 
Daughter Madelynn is 6. Karol is a 
counselor in therapeutic day treatment 
at Family Preservation Services for 
Warren County Public Schools. 


CAROL BELOTE Benson of Manassas 
VA, husband Robert, Cathenne, 4, and 
Elizabeth, 3, welcomed Collin in 
February 2004, but. he died the follow- 
ing July Stepdaughter Ashley is 18. 
Carol's father Chuck works for Mary 
Baldwin in the physical plant. 

"I've been married to Will, my sweet- 
heart (whom 1 met while at MBC) for 
18 years" She is a realtor and has two 
daughters, Alexandra, 12, and Olivia, 9. 

SUSAN EASLER of Ashburn VA has 
been promoted to hospital sales special- 
ist with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. 
She enjoys getting together with MBC 
friends JULIE ELLSWORTH Cox '86, 
KAREN LATSHAW Schaub '86, and 
CHARISSA CAMP '86 Susan missed 
her 20th reunion because she was trav- 
eling in Italy 

MARGARET GERBER Davis of Reston 
VA is a retired teacher. 

MICHAEL HART of Glen Allen VA is a 
facilities manager for Hamilton 
Beach/Proctor Silex, Inc. 

JULIANA HOFF Sawyer of Lutherville 
MD has three children: two boys, 10 
and 8, and a girl, 3. Juliana works for 
Infinity Broadcasting Baltimore as an 
account manager and is involved at her 
children's schools. 

ELLEN PEARSON Timm of Louisville 
KY has settled back in her hometown. 


Elizabeth City NC married Michael in 
the courthouse at Elizabeth City last 
October. Guests were invited to attend 
a Halloween Party to celebrate. 


of Frederick MD and family spent six 
months living in Hawaii in 2005. 



JANICE ANDERSON Ferneyhough of 

Milton DE is remarried and has a "bun- 
dle of joy" — Samantha Grace Tanner. 


KingsportTN is working with King 
Pharmaceuticals and showing her 
Samoyeds. One dog, Arctic, was shown 
at the Westminster dog show. 

Kieda of Valdosta GA and husband 
Adam en|oy son Daniel Brittingham. 

ROBIN EVANS of Catonsville MD is a 
postdoctoral fellow at the National 
Institute on Drug Abuse. 

reports that sister Zee Zee had twins 
in April 2005. "I'm Auntie M to Gate 
and Wil." 


LISA DERBY of Henderson NV is a nation- 
al sales manager for Panache Destination 
Management, an event planning firm in 
California, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. 

LISA HO Guinan of Palo Verdes Estates 
CA; "It will be our 10th anniversary in 
California. My husband Joseph, son Roan, 
6. and daughter Haley 4, are well." 


Nellysford VA is working part time and 
spending time with husband John and 
daughters Lydia and Marlena.They live 
at Wintergreen Resort and visit with fel- 
low classmates who visit the resort. 

SHERI POWELL Neuhofer of 

Chesapeake VA and husband Jeffrey wel- 
comed son Nikolas Riley in August 2005. 


"I'm teaching special education in 
Henrico County and working towards 
my master's in special education at 
Virginia Commonwealth University" 

LORI SMITH Beck of San Antonio TX 
teaches at University of Texas and 
supervises student teachers. She 
enjoyed a quick visit to Richmond visit- 
ing MARY IRVIN York '90 and TIA 
TILMAN Ow/en '90 

SANDRA TERRY of New York NY works 
as a site inspector for Apartment Rehabs. 
She makes prints at the Art Student's 
League, is managing editor/designer for 
Sagazine, and the Society of American 

Spnng 2006 

Graphic Artists, and runs two English 
coonhounds in Riverside Park. 

TIATILMAIM Owen of Richmond VA and 
husband Duncan announce the birth of 
daughter Catherine McNeir in July 2005, 
Catherine joins big brothers Duncan, 6, 
and Carter, 4. 



Richmond VA is a self-employed interior 
designer. She and husband Mark have 
two boys. West. 6. and Fisher. 2 


Hermitage TN and Mike announce the 
birth of first child Sean Michael in 
September 2005. 


Colonial Heights VA: "I stopped working 
three years ago after being at the same 
company 12 years. I'm raising two 
sons: Billy, who started kindergarten 
this year, and Martin. 1." She and hus- 
band Bill celebrate their 10th anniver- 
sary this year. 


Clover SC responded to hurncane 
Katrina through the National 
Organization of Victims Assistance 
(NOVA) cnsis response team. "I am hon- 
ored I was able to help those in need." 

ROSALYN MCCAIN Shrader of Oxford 
GA is the registered nurse program 
director for Morgan Memorial Hospital. 

CLAIRE MURPHY Applewhite of Frisco TX 
IS a writer and raising daughter McKenna, 5. 

CAROLINE ODEN Wylie of Phoenix AZ 
and husband Robert have three children: 
Henry 3. George, 2. and Charlotte, 2. 

Brook VA teaches for Shenandoah 
County Public Schools and is the 
Shenandoah Education Association vice 
president. Heather and husband Mike 
own several small businesses including 
a chain of car washes and laundromats. 


Hedgesville WV and husband Brian 
have three children and two stepchil- 
dren She works as a priority unit advo- 
cate for First Data Merchant Services. 


Midlothian VA: "We are getting settled 
in our new house and I am enjoying 
being a stay-at-home mom" 

MICHELLE STEVENS Stullenburg of 

Staunton VA is a special education 
teacher for Staunton City Schools. She 
earned a master's degree in education 
from James Madison University in 
1996. Husband Larry is a machinist for 
Tyco Electronics. 

ELEANOR WARE of Sterling VA; "I am 
with Reston Interfaith working with 
homeless families. Received my LCSW in 
2003, Very active in church, serving on 

vestry and going on annual mission trips." 


JULIE ADAMS Ranson of Richmond 
VA and Todd celebrated the birth of Eli 
Wilson in July 2005. who joins sister 
Molly 2. 


Winchester VA and husband Bill wel- 
comed Lindsay in September 2005, 
who joins Emilie, 2, 

NINA BAXLEY Rogers of Maggie 
Valley NC: "I quit my corporate job as a 
technical wnter to become an English 
teacher and love it" 

HOLLY EGER West of Monument CO 
accomplished a life goal by opening a 
piano studio last fall 


Beaverdam VA and husband Richard 
have two boys, Parker, 4, and Jackson, 
2. She IS in her 14th year of teaching in 
Hanover County and is teaching fifth 

AIMEE RAY of Midlothian VA started a 
new job in August as the marketing 
consultant at Wachovia Securities. 


Richmond VA and husband Jason wel- 
comed first child Abigail Layne in 
October 2005, Susan is a design con- 
sultant for Storehouse and owns a 
design business, Interior Motives. 

JOHNTRIPPEL of Chadottesville VA is 
working as a teaching assistant in spe- 
cial education with Albemarle County. 
His paintings were in two shows last 
fall: one in a record/CD shop and one 
in Breadworks Bakery. 



Chicago IL: "Trae and I moved down- 
town and are on the top floor with 
amazing views. Trae is IT operations 
director for CNA Insurance Company." 

Morrison '95 
Rounds Up 
World Leaders 

EMILY OEHLER '93 completed the 
Manne Corps Marathon in October 2005. 
After training for 28 weeks, she went 
from running three blocks to 26.2 miles! 

Mary Morrison '95 wants people to know that the Clinton 
Global Initiative (CGI) is more than a glitzy annual event. "It is 
an ongoing partnership of global leaders who are working 
together on some of the world's most pressing challenges," said 
Morrison, CGI director of membership. She is employed by the 
William J. Clinton Foundation, which supports CGI — "a non- 
partisan endeavor, bringing together a carefully selected group 
of the world's best minds and most distinguished problem 
solvers to focus on practical, effective measures that can be 
taken now." 

It doesn't hurt to be in the public eye, however, as she was 
when the organization's kickoff event earned her recognition as 
one of New York City's event planners of the year. Morrison 
recently received that honor from BizBash Magazine for plan- 
ning the "three-day assembly of world leaders, business execs, 
nonprofit agencies, Nobel Laureates, and issue-minded celebri- 
ties." Among the participants at the CGI event were Kofi 
Annan, secretary general of the United Nations; former 
Secretary of State Madeline Albright; George Stephanopoulos, 
anchor of ABC Neivs This Week; and actress Angelina Jolie. 

As an MBC student, Morrison designed an independent 
major in international business. An internship in the Clinton 
White House after graduation set her on her career path. She 
went to work as deputy director of Oval Office operations, and 
remained on Clinton's staff when he left office. She signed on in 
April 2004 to manage the CGI conference. The daughter of a 
retired career naval officer and Brazilian painter, Morrison lives 
in midtown Manhattan, just blocks from her office. 

In classes with Mary Baldwin professors such as the late 
Gordon Hammock, Morrison said she learned organization, 
honesty, preparation, and fundamental kindness — that voice 
that reminds her to write thank-you notes and respond to 
requests. These serve her well on the CGI staff and beyond. 
Morrison "did a little bit of everything" for the inaugural CGI 
conference in September 2005, including choosing the food and 
the florist, and coordinating the name and logo. For this year's 
conference, she is focused on membership: The organization 
boasts nearly 1,000 members, and Morrison works to carefully 
recruit new faces — primarily heads of state from around the 

Still, she is humble about her newfound recognition: "It 
was exciting. It was a nice prize at the end of a year of hard 
work to get the event organized. But really, the event itself was 
the reward. Knowing that we helped raise $2.5 billion toward 
mitigating global issues and that we encouraged conversation is 
immensely satisfying." 

For more information about the Clinton Global Initiative, 
Morrison recommends visiting the organization online at 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Walpole MA relocated to Boston with 
my husband Bill and daughter Caroline. 
Bill is with Citizens Bank. "I am quickly 
adapting as a serious, snow-conscious 
New Englander." 


REBECCA CHRISTIE of Silver Spring 
MD works in Washington DC as the 
Pentagon reporter for Dow Jones 
Newswires. Over the past 10 years, 
she has worked for newspapers in WV, 
OR, and GA. She has a master's degree 
from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at 
University of Texas. She has performed 
with the Cathedral Choral Society, the 
professional early music vocal ensem- 
ble Carmina. and has been a contribut- 
ing writer for the Recorded A Cappella 
Review Board, and a volunteer with 
Contemporary A Cappella Society. 


Manteo NC and husband John wel- 
comed daughter Elizabeth Lane in 
November 2004. 

City lA: "I am working as a communica- 
tions account manager for Alliant Energy." 

ALICIA HAWKS Keeler of Disputanta 
VA married Matthew In November 
2005. "We honeymooned at Walt 
Disney World. I own/operate King's 
BBQ #2 in Petersburg VA" 

MYRA SKIDMORE Leiand of Cleveland 
MS and husband Jarrod welcomed Henry 
May 2005, who joins brother Jack, 2. 


PENNY JENKINS Lowrey of Alexandria 
VA and husband Peter announce the 
birth of Paige in April 2005. 



Philadelphia PA: "I was ordained as an 
Episcopal pnest in January 2005 and 
serve as assistant priest at The Church of 
the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square, PA." 


Burtingame CA: "I sell ad space in the 
videogame industry and enjoy traveling 
to new, exciting places with my husband 
Arnab. We also enjoy hosting out-of-town 
visitors — hint, hint" 

LISA MCGRANN Morris of Kirkland 
WA and husband Eric welcomed 
Caroline in March 2004. She joins 
Emma, 6, and Olivia, 5. 
DIANA PERRY of Staunton VA is a pretri- 
al program manager for OAR Jefferson 
Area Community Corrections. 

KRISTINE SERFOZO of Brentwood TN is 
district manager with CitiFinancial. "I keep 
in touch with classmates SUSAN CRAW- 
FORD Bouchard '96, HEATHER SHU- 
'96, and KATHERINE WARING '96 

ANNA SNYDER of Alexandria VA is a 
5th grade teacher for Hollin Meadows 
Elementary School. 

JOHN TAYLOR of ChariottesvilleVA is a 
teacher with Albemarie County Public 

CURRY WILHIDE Blanton of Charles 
Town WV bought a 100-year-old house 
downtown. "We've been busy with reno- 
vations and our wonderful daughter 
Janet. 2." 

ANNA WITT Reed of Richmond VA mar- 
ried Scott in June 2005. Fellow squirrels 
in attendance included MARY ALICE 
"ALLIE" WITT Jamison '93, LAURA 
"ZANDER" HAMILTON Laurent '96, 
Leachman '97, MARY CATHERINE 
Mann '97, and KATHRYN "KATE" 
WOODSON Dumont '97 Anna is a sen- 
ior human resources associate for 
Capitol One. 



Morgantown VW and husband Bryson 
welcomed Barrett in January 2006. 


Colorado Spnngs CO and husband Jon 
welcomed Emmett in February 2006. 
who joins Carter, 3. Mary Baldwin 
Zachos '97 and husband Nick are the 
children's godparents 

Wallace of Dumfries VA married Sean 
in September 2005. MBC alumnae in 
the wedding SUSAN NICHOLS 
Wright '97, ELIZABETH "TYSEN" 
FABRIZIO Findeis '98, and ANNE 
WAGNER '98 Also attending KARI 
FOLEY Nardone '97, JENNIFER 
WALKER Procise '97, and MINDY 
WYTTENBACH-Lindsey '97 

BRENDA STROLE Van Pelt of Grand 
Rapids Ml IS an adjunct professor in child- 
hood development and a literacy coach at 
Grand Rapids Community College. 


Patchogue NY was promoted to team 
leader/senior marketing and communica- 
tions specialist in the group employment 
benefits department at BWD Agency 
Inc., an insurance agency. 


ANNIE ANDREWS Minix of Farmville 
VA IS pleased to announce the birth of 
Samuel in February 2006, 8lbs 8oz and 
22 inches long. He was welcomed home 
by James, 2. 

AUDREY BESS of Orlando FL is manag- 
ing editor for Crawford Investigations. 

LARA BRADLEY Ballard of Sterling VA 
and husband Seth welcomed Gavin in 
February 2005. Lara is a 5th grade teacher 
for Loudoun County Public Schools. 

JESSICA CHARLES Copenhaver of 

Roanoke VA gave birth to daughter 
Cassidy in November 2005. She works 
part time for Scientific Applications 
International Corporation. 


Waynesboro VA and husband Jeff wel- 
comed Sarah in November 2005, who 
joins Parker, 3. 


Germany and husband Steven welcomed 
future squirrel Maresa in Apnl 2005, who 
joins Madeline and Maja. 

REBECCA LAING Bower of Staunton VA 
is dean of students for Stuart Hall School 
in Staunton. She and husband Brian have 
daughter Madison. 


Huntersville NC and husband Scott wel- 
comed Corinne in December 2005, who 
joins Mala, 3. 

SHERl POWELL Neuhofer '89 and Jeffrey: a son, Nikolas Riley, August 13, 2005 

TIA TILMAN Owen '90 and Duncan: a daughter, Catherine McNeir, July 28, 2005 

ELIZABETH "LIZ" BENDER Morgan '91 and Mike: a son, Sean Michael, September 2, 2005 

JULEE ADAMS Ranson '92 and Todd: a son, Eli 'Wilson, July 26, 2005 

KIMBERLY ARMSTRONG Pifer '92 and Bill: a daughter, Lindsay "Wainwright, September 14, 2005 

SUSAN SEAMSTER Morris '92 and Jason: a daughter, Abigail "Abby" Layne, October 10, 2005 

ELIZABETH ELSING Robbins '94 and John: a daughter, Elizabeth Lane, November 16, 2004 

MYRA SKIDMORE Leiand '94 and Jack: a son, Henry Swain, May 9, 2005 

PENNY JENKINS Lowrey '95 and Peter: a daughter, Paige Baylis, April 22, 2005 

LISA MCGRANN Morris '96 and Eric: a daughter, Caroline Isabell, March 18, 2004 

HONOR JOHNSON McCain '97 and Bryson: a son, Barrett Alexander, January 3, 2006 

LINDSEY NORTON Caines '97 and Jon: a son, Emmett, February 5, 2006 

ANNIE ANDREWS Minix '98 and Gerald Lee: a son, Samuel Lee, February 16, 2006 

LARA BRADLEY Ballard '98 and Seth: a son, Gavin Wyatt, February 6, 2005 

JESSICA CHARLES Copenhaver '98 and Christopher: a daughter, Cassidy Sophia, November 7, 2005 

JANET DEFIBAUGH Hylton '98 and Jeff: a daughter, Sarah Katherine, November 21, 2005 

"VICTORIA FREELAND Raybum '98 and Steven: a daughter, Maresa Erika, April 17, 2005 

CARRIE TIMMONS McCandlish '98 and Scott: a daughter, Corinne Reece, December 28, 2005 

REBECCA "BECCA" CRAMER Shaw '99 and Kevin: a son, Avery, November 2005 

MELISSA GREY Mesko '99 and Brian: a son, Benjamin Grey, February 7, 2005 

LEANNA REYNOLDS Di Dio '99 and John: a son, Zackary Ryan, December 12, 2004 

RENEE DEBORD Staton '00 and Matt: a daughter, Samantha Suzanne, March 25, 2005 

LORRI WARD Beeney '01 and Mark: a son, Nikolas John, April 8, 2005 

CANDICE EBERFLARD Clayton '02 and Chad: a son, Chase Liam, October 14, 2005 

KELLY KERSMARKI Hall '02 and James: a daughter, Dolores Grace, November 9, 2005 

REBECCA ROBBINS Fakhar '04 and Shaheen; a son, Shawn Adam, September 29, 2005 

BALLU BANGURA LEE '05 and Caleb: a daughter, Jacqueline Marie, February 15, 2005 

Spring 2006 



Martinsburg WV and husband Kevin wel- 
comed son Avery in November 2005, 
who joins Cnofan, 5. Becca is a service 
coordinator for those with mental retar- 
dation and developmental disorders. 

MELISSA GREY Mesko of Staunton VA 
and husband Brian welcomed Benjamin 
in February 2005. 

DAVID HIRES of Clifton Forge VA is a 
financial center manager for BB&T He 
and wife Kimberly have two children. 

LEILA MCINTYRE King of Winston 
Salem NC reports that 2005 was a good 
year with son Jack's first birthday moving 
into a newly built home, and a trip to 


Savannah GA and husband John wel- 
comed Zackary in December 2004. 

ANNE SAVAL of Winchester VA: "I am in 
second semester of the BSN program at 
Shenandoah University to become an RN." 


RENEE DEBORD Staton of Pueblo CO 
and husband Matt welcomed Samantha 
in March 2005, 7lbs, 5oz. 

and her partner purchased a house. She 
will soon finish a master's degree in pub- 
lic administration and become develop- 
ment director at Orchard House, a private 
middle school for girls. 

man-ied Hans in October 2005, who is sta- 
tioned at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio. 

Ml IS pursuing an MBA at the University 
of Michigan Business School. 

JESSICA MILLER of Seattle WA: "I'm in 
a new apartment and love being in the 
city." She welcomes visitors. 

LORRI WARD Beeney of Lilburn GA and 
husband Mark welcomed Nikolas in Apnl 
2005. "Instead of teaching I'm going to 
be a stay-at-home mom until Nikolas can 
go to school with me." 


ASHLEY ADAMS Miller of HuttoTX 
reports that husband Joe is working for 
Samsung and the family bought their 
first house. She is staying home with 
Adam, 15 months. 
Nashville TN and husband Brad celebrat- 
ed baby Starling's first Christmas. She is 
a mortgage sales associate with 
AmSouth Bank and he is in sales with 
American Paper and Twine. 

ARLENE DUNN of Loysville VA was 
installed as pastor of Centre 
Presbyterian Church in October 2005 
after serving as the church's intenm pas- 
tor since September 2004. 


Meriden CT has been a kindergarten 
teacher since 2001 and married B.J. in 

SARAH HENRY of Richmond VA is a 
clinical coordinator forluckahoe 

STACEY HORN of KnoxvilleTN is a vol- 
unteer with the Presbyterian Church 
(USA) in Miskolc, Hungary. She teaches 
high school English and works with 
Roma (Gypsy) children. "I write about 
my work here online at 
sionconnections.yav. I plan to return to 
the states in August 2006." 

teacher at John Paul Regional Catholic 

LESLIE ST JOHN of Manning SC: "I 
work at a wonderful church with the 
youth. One of my great interests has 
become mission work." 

JENNIFER WILSON of Weatherford TX 
and husband John have children Jessica, 
3, and John Jr, 1. 


KERRY BLEKFELD of Toano VA is a fire- 
fighter and paramedic. She is working on 
a master's degree in public administration 
in emergency management. 


Oceanside CA works for Sony Computer 
Entertainment of America as an Oracle 
DBA developing new online games for 

VA IS a high school Spanish teacher for 
Fredenck County Public Schools. 


Mechanicsville VA married college 
sweetheart Mark in October 2003 and is 
a stay-at-home mom to Grace born 
November 2005. She and the baby trav- 
eled to Germany to attend the wedding 
of Grace's godmother JESSICA 
DURBIN Bair '02 

ELISE LASOTA Rhodes of Alexandria VA 
received designation as Certified Fraud 
Examiner (CFE) In September 2005 

IS in Child Protective Services with 
Chesterlield-Colonial Heights 
Department of Social Services. 

celebrated 25 years with her company 
Charming Shoppes, in January 2006. 
JESSICA PASINI Elsass of Rapid City 
SD and husband Jake are pleased by a 
move and the work they do. She is sen- 
ior designer for Hollingsworth Graphic 

DELAINE PERRY Kaplan of Fairfax VA 
married Alex UVA '01 in October 2005. 
VAIM McConnell '01, and ELIZABETH 
WRIGHT Heijman '02 served as brides- 
maids The couple honeymooned in the 
Greek Isles. 


lives in Staunton VA with husband Cory 
and is an administrative assistant for 
Chartwells Food Service at Mary 

KRISTIN WILSON Smith of Ashburn VA 
marned Sean UVA '00 in October 2004. 
"I work for PRS, Inc. helping people with 
mental illness find jobs. I am definitely 
putting my education from Mary Baldwin 
to use. Hello to all my MBC friends!" 


NILDA JOLLOFF of Staunton VA is in 
the silver edition of the Marquis Who's 
Who of American Women 2006-2007. 


Herndon VA was promoted to senior 
marketing coordinator at Sage Software 
She IS involved with Junior League of 
Northern Virginia. In November 2005 she 
returned to Staunton with classmates 
Settle '03, and JULIE SCHMIDT '03 for 
a mini-reunion. 

Dickerson of Pembroke VA and husband 
Jeff are updating their new house. They 
have a new "baby": minature pinscher 
Little Bit. She is an office manager for 
Carillon Health Systems and thinking 
about pursuing a teaching degree. 

works for Thanksgiving Coffee Company 
as project director of Mirembe 
Kawomera Delicious Peace Coffee. The 
coffee is from a small co-op of Jewish, 
Muslim, and Christian farmers in 


Lexington VA works at Central 
Elementary, where she met husband 

CHAUNCY QUINTER Watts of Reading 
PA married Nicholas in December 2002. 
"He went to Iraq nght after that. We just 
bought a home and have four dogs: 
Sophia, Benzy, Joesephine, and 


Roanoke VA married Christopher in July 
2005. She is a 6th grade math teacher at 
Laurel Park Middle School. 

AISHA WILLIAMS of Blacksburg VA is 
pursuing a master's degree in counseling 
at Radford University. 


ERIN BALLEW O'Reilly of Enterprise AL 
and husband 2Lt Egan O'Reilly have 
been reassigned to Mannheim, Germany 
beginning May 2006. 

KELLI BUTLER Craddock of 

Chariottesville VA: "I hope that all the 
PVCC/ADP graduates are doing well." 


Roanoke VA is a help desk technician 
with Medical Facilities of America. 

REBECCA ROBBINS Fakhar of Herndon 
VA and husband Shaheen welcomed 
Shawn in September 2005. 

LEA THOMPSON of Dumfries VA works 
for Camber Corp, which is contracted to 
the Joint Program Executive Office for 
Chemical and Biological Defense. She 
travels to different states representing 
the company at conferences. 


got married in August 2004 to Caleb. We 
had daughter Jacqueline in February 2005." 

BRANDY PERRIN of Powhatan VA is an 
electronic technician II at Longwood 

assistant administrator for Salem Health 
and Rehab Center. 


interned at Reef Relief, a non-profit coral 
reef preservation group in Key West for a 
year and took two classes before apply- 
ing to graduate school for fall 2006. 

JENNIFER WUEST Wilcox of Atlantic 

Beach FL marned Jeff in September 2005. 
She is a public affairs officer for the U.S. 
Navy on board the USS Taylor (FFG 50). 

MAT Alumnae Excel 
in the Classroonn 

Alexandra LaRue Davis '95, a 

teacher in Albemarle County, VA, 
received the William C. Lowry 
Outstanding Mathematics Teacher of 
the Year Award for elementary school 
teachers. The award was given at the 
Virginia Council of Teachers of 
Mathematics conference, at Virginia 
Tech. Davis was also honored with a 
"Programs That Work" 2006 award 
from the Virginia Mathematics and 
Science Coalition. 

Renae Berry Szad '93, a teacher 
at Lake Norman Elementary School in 
Mooresville, NC, was recognized as 
an innovative teacher and leader in 
celebrating competitiveness and inno- 
vation in education. The award was 
bestowed by Jon Dudas, under secre- 
tary of commerce for intellectual 
property and director of the United 
States patent and trademark office. 
She received her award at the confer- 
ence for Innovation in Science in 
North Carolina, held at University of 
North Carolina. 

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MARGARET PATTERSON Mack '28 November 7, 2005 

MAE EVANS Kellam '29 November 18, 2005 

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GARDNER Glen '36 December 28, 2005 

HARRIETT SCHOFIELD McLaughlin '36 October 3, 2004 

ALICE GILKESON Simpkins '37 October 12, 2005 

ELIZABETH "BETTY"LAMBERT Mahler '37 September 20, 2005 

JOAN BALLARD Bailey '38 January 24, 2005 

EDITH HUMPHREYS Sensabaugh '38 September 16, 2005 

KATIE PARKINS Fulton '38 January 30, 2006 

ANNA "JIMMIE"SMITH Bowen '39 January 5, 2006 

JUNE TROUT Harris '39 November 7, 2005 

MARY ANNE WILSON Gibbs '39 September 20, 2005 

SARAH "SALLY"CHENEY Walker '40 December 3, 2005 

REBECCA ROBERTS Vance '40 June 16, 2005 

ELIZABETH CRAWFORD Crist '42 December 23, 2005 

JEANETTE LIFSEY Smilie '42 December 10, 2005 

JACQUELINE BALHATCHET Downey '43 November 22, 2005 

DORIS DUNKUM Kirkpatrick '43 April 3, 2005 

MEREDITH JONES Johnson '43 January 31, 2006 

MARGARET "MARIE"BRYAN Beck '44 July 7, 2005 

ELIZABETH CHURCHMAN Wick '44 November 29, 2005 

CHARLOTTE COHN Davis '45 September 26, 2005 

HELEN BLACK Sinnott '46 August 30, 2005 

MARY JANE NELSON Craddock '46 September 5, 2004 

ELIZABETH DUNN Barnes '47 December 6, 2005 

LEONE "BABE"BELLINGRATH Jones '48 December 20, 2004 

MARY SUE GROSSO Clarke '48 September 22, 2005 

MERRY KEY Ellington '48 January 5, 2006 

MARTFL^ ROSS Amos '48 October 28, 2005 

BETTY SPANN Stowers '49 January 1 8, 2006 

CAROLYN CRANFORD Hardin '50 August 15, 2005 

MARGARET "PEGGY"MOORE Ripley '52 September 2 1 , 2005 

BETTY SCOTT Jones '52 December 1 2, 2005 

NANCY BARRON Gourley '53 January 18, 2006 

VIRGINIA BATES Hull '54 July 22, 2005 

DLANE EVANS Wood '54 January 21, 2006 

BARBARA WILLIAMS Tapp '54 January 18, 2006 

LEAN NELL BOSTON Bolcas '61 October 19, 2005 

GRACE FLOURNOY HARDISON Vance '61 November 22, 2005 

ELIZABETH "BETSY-'KAY Stites '61 September 1, 2005 

JANE PRITT Lynn '69 September 6, 2005 

MARY ROGERS Field '72 November 29, 2005 

JULL\ -WILLIAMS Layfield '74 January 28, 2006 

CARYL PALMORE Carley '79 September 1 9, 2005 

MARTHA MARABLE '80 September 1 1, 2005 

JUDLTH SPENCER Lewis '82 ADP August 20, 2005 

MELANIE MADISON Vent '92 January 19, 2006 

MELISSA MITCHELL '97 May 21,2005 

Spring 2006 

MBCAIumnae/i in Action 

Staunton, VA 
Holiday Cocktail Party 
at the Carey's 

December 16, 2005 

Attending a holiday cocktail party at the home of 
NANCY KUNKLE Carey '51: 

r (L to r) Carey McCallum, NANCY KUNKLE Carey 
'51, Henry Carey, MEREDITH NORRIS '03, JEN- 
NIFER BRILLHART Kibler '91, and Professor Jack 

2. (L to r) JACKIE HAM Tarkington '49, NANCY 
KUNKLE Carey '51, and KITTY HOLT Dozier '40 

Birmingham, AL 
Reception and Conversation 

February 15, 2006 

Attending a Reception and Conversation at the home 
of JOYCE ACKER Ratliff '52, hosted by Joyce and 
ANN DIAL McMillan '63: 

3 Group photo 

4 JOYCE ACKER Ratliff'52 and ANN DIAL 
McMillan '63 (hostesses) 

Richmond, VA 

Richmond Ballet Performance 
at the Landmark Theater 

February 19, 2006 

MBC Class of 2002 was well represented at the 
Richmond Ballet performance of Sleeping Beauty. 

5 (L to r); EMILY ALLEN Jiancristoforo '02, 
'02, and Emily's mother Cindy Allen 

Charlotte, NC 

Reception and Conversation 

with President Pamela Fox 

February 22, 2006 


hosted a Reception and Conversation with President 
Pamela Fox at their home: 

6 Group shot 

7 A gathering of presidents ... MBC presidents 

(I to r) Dr Cynthia Haldenby Tyson and Dr Samuel R. 
Spencer Jr with current president Dr Pamela Fox 

Mary Baldwin College Magazine 61 

In the fall of 2003 the 
author left her home in 
western Virginia to spend 
two months in the high 
desert of Arizona as a vol- 
unteer at the Petrified 
Forest National Park. 

62 Spring 2006 

Becky Cannaday 

Merchant '63 on 

wilderness hike amid 

nniliions of clam fossils. 

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mong the many gifts of the high desert are sunrises and sunsets, 
especially sunsets. One sunset, early in my rookie days as a 
volunteer at the Rainbow Forest Museum in the Petrified Forest 
National Park, came after a threatened thunderstorm at the tail end of the 
rainy season. It was more spectacular than anything I had ever seen, a 
360-degree panorama of swirling blues and pinks in constant motion with 
a blazing red finale. I was on my way to my apartment after work and just 
stopped along side the road with several law enforcement rangers. No one 
said anything. 

The park rangers were beginning their evening rounds at the entrance to 
the Blue Mesa Trail, the midway point along the park highway, to secure the 
premises for the night, to protect the national park's most precious asset, 
petrified wood, from thieving tourists. The Petrified Forest holds the 
country's greatest concentration of petrified wood, which are trees that have 
turned into rainbow-colored stone. 

Many of us who live east of the Mississippi River do not have a clear 
picture of where the Petrified Forest is located. Those of us who do find it in 
the northeast corner of Arizona are usually on our way to or from the 
Grand Canyon. The Petrified Forest is huge in the space it covers, 100 
square miles, and vast in the period it interprets — 250 million years. It is 
shaped like a squared-up, buxomed hourglass. In the north end, the 
badlands, one finds the Painted Desert Visitor Center and the Painted Desert 
Inn. In the south end there are massive log jams of petrified wood and the 
Rainbow Forest Museum. In between are Indian ruins on the Puerco River, 
remnants of Route 66, the Blue Mesa where the Painted Desert changes into 
violet and white shades of volcanic dust, the teepees, the petroglyphs at 
Newspaper Rock, and burying grounds of dinosaurs and pre-dinosaurs with 
names only nine-year-olds can pronounce. 

How do trees turn to stone? It was the most logical and persistent 
curiosity of visitors to the Petrified Forest. Briefly, it happened as a result of 
an elaborate and complicated chemical process which needed the right 
combination of ingredients and circumstances — a forest of downed trees, 

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Mary Baldwin College Magazine 63 

slow moving flood waters loaded with 
fragile silica molecules from volcanic 
ash — as well as time — lots of time. 

As a volunteer, I worked 40 hours 
a week in one of three museums. 
During my time off, I hiked marked 
paths and gained enough confidence to 
wander off-trail into the back country. 
Nothing was as rewarding as my first 
solo trek into the Painted Desert several 
weeks after I had arrived. 

My goals, other than returning 
alive, were to explore the badlands and 
walk the desert floor among the ben- 
tonite hills and find the Onyx Bridge, 
an intact petrified log stretched across a 
ravine in one of the slot canyons in the 
Black Forest. Finding the bridge was a 
challenge and rite of passage for new 
rangers and volunteers. 

Before starting, I planned my route 
from Kachina Point. From that vantage 
I saw red: large, striated beehive-like 
hills of some shade and intensity of a 
crimson hue, the color broken and 
eased with white and brown layers. 
The giant mounds are remains of vol- 
canic spewings; the ash had co-mingled 
with iron oxides, aluminum, magne- 
sium, and whatever elements were in 
the atmosphere at the time of the erup- 
tions to add the paint to the Painted 
Desert. I saw sandstone rock that 
underpinned the waves of giant hills as 
they rose from the desert floor and 
stretched for miles to the horizon. I 
could see evidence that the Painted 

Desert is disappearing because of ero- 
sion and weathering, a quarter inch 
each year. 

I had a vague notion of the way to 
the elusive stone bridge. The land- 
marks looked obvious from up above 
— the curve in the Lithodendrum 
Wash, the rock slump at twelve 
o'clock, the route through the red 
mounded hills. But once down on the 
short, marked trail, which was a sharp 
treacherous descent over roily pebbles 
(called desert ball-bearings), I was in 
the badlands — by myself — surround- 
ed by hundreds of look-alike hills. I 
left cairn markers to help me "home." 
I didn't come near the Onyx Bridge ... 
that time. I made a few wrong turns 
but found my way back and was glad 
to have soloed in the wilderness. 

I recorded this and every adven- 
ture I had during my days out west in 
my journal. Keeping field notes and 
writing in my journal became one of 
the most important things I did while I 
was away; it was like talking to myself 
and has had the great benefit of hold- 
ing this place in my mind. 

When it was my turn to be keeper 
of the Painted Desert Inn, I had an 
unobstructed picture-window postcard 
view of the Painted Desert. The inn is 
both an architectural jewel and a 
maintenance nightmare. A portion of 
its foundation had been constructed 
on top of the soft clay which expand- 
ed to seven times its volume when wet 

and contracted when dry. Over the 80- 
plus years of its life, it had shifted and 
cracked, and been patched and re- 
patched. The flat roof had sprung 
leaks, and water threatened to destroy 
delicate interior murals. By late 2003, 
it was scheduled for closure again, this 
time for serious maintenance using 
modern engineering to stop leaks, 
shore up its foundation, and repair 
gaping cracks in the walls. 

As a park service volunteer my 
insider status allowed me the opportu- 
nity and time to examine the fine 
details of the Painted Desert Inn and 
to go on field trips with expert 
rangers. Ranger Rita took several of us 
to Mountain Lion Mesa on a fossil 
hunt. Our prize find was an exquisite 
arrowhead chipped from a sliver of 
petrified wood. Ranger Ted led volun- 
teers on day-long individual tours into 
the wilderness. The highlight of that 
outing was a terrifying scramble down 
a steep ravine to the site of the latest 
find in the park — a phytosaur skull. 

It amuses me to think about my 
limited expectations of the Petrified 
Forest National Park before I left 
Virginia. I had no idea what awaited 
me in the barren wasteland of vol- 
canic ash that is the Painted Desert. 
By the end of my short odyssey at the 
Petrified Forest, I wanted to live every 
minute over again. My time in the 
high desert of Arizona has become a 
gift to me. ▲ 

Spring 2006 

Charter Day 

August 30, 2006 

At 5 p.m. the Class of 2010 will walk down the 
steps to Page Terrace as so many students 
have done before them. They will tal<e up a 
pen and sign their names. They will join the 
rani<s of all Mary Baldwin women as they sign 
the Honor Pledge, even as upperclassmen and 
faculty renew their own commitment to MBC's 
Honor Code. 

Doenges Visiting 
Scholar/Artist 2006-07 

September 19, 2006 

Claudia Bernard!, the 2006-07 Elizabeth 
Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist, is a native of 
Argentina who works not only as an artist, but as 
a human rights activist and forensic anthropolo- 
gist. "Bernardi's artwork is inspired by suffering, 
yet infused with life. Drawing upon experiences 
of state terror — such as the exhumation of 
mass graves in Central America — the artist's 
challenge is to resurrect beauty amid the blood- 
shed and in doing so, to refuse to succumb to 
the silencing embrace of political repression," 
said Angelina Snodgrass Godroy of the Center for 
Latin American Studies at the University of 
California, Berkeley. Bernardi will be on Mary 
Baldwin's campus in September when the films 
Pasa Un Angel and Artist of Resistance will be 
presented. Both films document her life as an 
artist and activist. She will return in May 2007 to 
teach a May Term course. Keep watch on the col- 
lege's lecture site for up-to-date information, 
www. mbc. edu/college/even ts/lectures. asp. 

Alumnae/i Continuing 
Education Weel<end 

October 27-29, 2006 

The now familiar theme - recharge your mind, 
relax your body, and renew your spirit — plays 
out during Continuing Education Weekend 
October 27-29, 2006. Here's some of what 
alumnae had to say about last year's experience: 
"Wonderful lecture! Doesn't get any better than 
this!"; "Food was gorgeous and great!": and 
"The entire weekend was just fabulous! You 
have truly renewed and recharged my spirit." For 
more information call the Office of Alumnae/i 
and Parent Relations: 800-763-7359.